Herat province of Afghanistan early Wednesday morning, killing and injuring at least 12 people.
The explosion reportedly took place in Shindand district around 9am local time after a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) went off.
A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said at least 7 civilians were killed and five others were injured following the blast.
The source further added at least one woman and two children were also among those killed.
No group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.
Local officials blame Taliban militants for the incident as the Taliban fighters frequently use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties.
By Sadaf Shinwari - 17 Apr 2013, 9:53 am
from Ministry of Interior of Affairs Afghanistan
Roadside Mine Blast Leaves Seven Civilians KilledPublish Date: Apr 17, 2013
As a result, seven innocent civilians were killed including children and four other civilians were wounded. The wounded were taken to the hospital by Afghan National Police.
Ministry of Interior of Affairs condemns in the strongest terms this act of the Taliban and prays for a quick recovery of those injured and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims.