At least 17 people were killed in a powerful car bomb explosion in Logar province, Afghanistan.
The blast took place on the eve of a ceasefire announced by the Taliban during the Eid celebration.
The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack, and the Islamic State has not yet commented.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by suicide bombers, Dedar Lawang, a spokesman for Logar’s governor, told AFP.
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The blast took place near the governor’s office and where many people bought the festival.
“The terrorists hit Eid al-Adha again at night and killed many of our compatriots,” said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack had nothing to do with the group.
The Taliban and Afghan governments have agreed on a three-day ceasefire beginning on Friday, the first day of Eida.
There are hopes for a permanent ceasefire, but peace talks have been postponed due to prisoner exchanges. It was agreed that the government would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 of its security personnel.
The Afghan government has released more than 4,400 Taliban prisoners, and a rebel spokesman said Thursday that a total of 1,500 government prisoners have been released.
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