At least 18 people were killed in a suicide attack in the western Afghan province of Herat on Friday, authorities said. A local cleric from the city of Herat was among the victims, a spokesman for the provincial government confirmed to the Afghan broadcaster Tolonews. Another 23 people were injured.
A few hours earlier, the cleric is said to have met with Taliban Deputy Chief Abdul Ghani Baradar to pay his respects to the Afghan rulers. Since the Taliban took power again in August 2021, attacks on religious sites in the country have increased again. The terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, especially against religious minorities. IS is also a deadly enemy of the Islamist Taliban. No one initially claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday.