General Mohammad Ayub Ansari, police chief of western Herat province, said today's blast took place near the main Sunni mosque in Herat city.
In a statement, Taliban denied their involvement and soon after issued a second statement rejecting the involvement of the Haqqani Network, the group once termed as "veritable arm" of Pakistan's prime intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The president, Ashraf Ghani, made the disclosure - increasing the death toll by more than 50 - during a speech at a one-day peace conference his government convened in the capital Tuesday.
"For the region at large, a stable Afghanistan is more valuable than an Afghanistan at war", Mr. Yamamoto said, noting that UNAMA offered its full support to the government and its people to invest in comprehensive peace-building efforts to create trust and address the causes of conflict.
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On Wednesday, a huge truck bomb struck central Kabul, killing 80 people in the deadliest attack since an ISIS-orchestrated bombing in April 2016. "We want to talk peace with the Taliban, but [this is] not open-ended opportunity", he said.
As of late a year ago, the Taliban contested or controlled about 40 per cent of the country, according to USA government estimates, leading some observers to doubt the group would be willing to negotiate any time soon.
Afghanistan's beleaguered president, Ashraf Ghani, will host an worldwide conference Tuesday in a fresh bid to develop "wider consensus" on how to end an increasingly deadly conflict in the country and collectively fight cross-border terrorism. Many Afghans believe the government has lost its legitimacy at home, and is exclusively propped up by the United States and the worldwide community. He said that up to 11,000 foreign militants had allegedly arrived in Afghanistan in the last two years to fight for Daesh.
US military commanders have proposed sending 3,000 to 5,000 more advisers to Afghanistan in a bid to break the "stalemate".
This conference comes after the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the explosives used in Wednesday's deadly truck bombing near Kabul's Zanbaq Square were from Pakistan.
Afghanistan accuses elements in Pakistan, anxious about old rival India gaining influence in Afghanistan, of providing support for militant groups like the Taliban, an accusation Pakistan denies.