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Nine Killed In Afghan Bombings

A woman buys dry fruit during the month of Ramadan as Eid al-Fitr approaches in Herat.
Police in Afghanistan's western Herat Province say four people have been killed and 12 injured in a bomb blast at a busy marketplace.

Spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said the blast was organized by "enemies of the people," and took place as residents in Shindand district had flooded the local bazaar to buy food and other supplies on August 18 for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Three policemen were among those injured.

Meanwhile, officials in northern Faryab Province say a suicide attack in the Ghormach district killed five people, including three civilians, a police official, and the bomber.

Police spokesman Abdul Rashid Bashir told RFE/RL an investigation was being conducted to determine the identity of the bomber.

No one has claimed responsibility for either attack.

The bombing follows multiple suicide bombings and a market bomb earlier this week that left 35 civilians dead.

With reporting by AP and dpa