At least five people have been killed and 34 injured after armed men launched multiple attacks in the western Afghan city of Herat.
Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy, reporting from Kabul, said an Afghan soldier and four civilians were killed in Monday’s violence. At least 27 other civilians were wounded, along with four Afghan troops and three police officers.
The co-ordinated attacks targeted a building of the provincial reconstruction team of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) and a busy crossroads about two kilometres from the base.
Dawood Saba, the governor of Herat province, said a suicide bomber in a small truck blew himself up at the entrance of the Italian-run base and that between two and four other attackers were fighting from within a building nearby.
Gunfire continued around the base for several hours but subsided by later on Monday.