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Blast kills 4 in Afghanistan

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  • Seven injured in bomb explosion near mosque
  • Blast in Gereshk City came as people were celebrating Eid al-Fitr holiday
  • Eid marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
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(CNN) -- A bomb explosion near a mosque in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province killed four Afghan National Police officers and wounded seven others, including one civilian, Friday, the U.S.-led coalition command announced Saturday.

The bombing took place in Gereshk City "as people were enjoying an evening out" on the first day of Eid al-Fitr -- a celebration marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the coalition said.

"Coalition forces operating in the area responded immediately and provided emergency medical treatment to six wounded ANP officers and one Afghan non-combatant at the scene," a coalition statement said.

The civilian and five police officers were then transported to a nearby medical facility to receive further medical care, where they were listed in critical condition. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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