Afghanistan: Three officers from Herat’s Directorate of National Security (NDS) were killed in an explosion while defusing an IED bomb fixed to a vehicle, the NDS confirmed in a statement.
The explosion took place on Friday afternoon at around 4pm Kabul time inside an NDS facility in the province.
The NDS in a statement said Herat NDS personnel had identified a vehicle and upon inspection it was found that the vehicle had been rigged with explosives and the technical team was trying to defuse the explosives when the blast took place.
The statement confirmed that three members of the technical team lost their lives and two others were wounded.
Two of the slain NDS officers have been identified as Faramarz Haqbeen and Firoz Hakemi.
Officials from Herat provincial hospital, however, said five people were killed and four others wounded in the explosion and that they have been taken to the hospital.
The bombing was claimed by the Taliban, who said that the target was the headquarters of NDS in the area.