According to Governor of Herat province Abdul Wahid Qatali, the planted bomb went off near Rosenak railway station in the city of Ghurian at 10:30 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday, Mehr News Agency reported.
The injured and the bodies of the victims of the incident have been transferred to Herat Hospital, said the official.
Some Afghan media outlets reported that due to the strategically important location of the route, the Taliban group is trying to gain control of it by creating insecurity.
The 220-km Herat-Khaf railroad connects the city of Khaf in Iran’s northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi to Herat in the west of Afghanistan. It was inaugurated in December 2020 during a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani.
The project provides landlocked Afghanistan with access to free waters and the European market through Iran’s rail network that connects it to Bandar Abbas and Chabahar Port.
It is also an important part of the East-West Railroad Corridor with a length of about 2,000 km, involving China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Europe.