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A suicide bomber killed at least nine people on Tuesday (April 10) in Afghanistan's relatively peaceful western Herat province near the border with Iran, officials said.
The bomber blew up a car laden with explosives just outside a city in the province, killing six civilians and three policemen, a provincial governor spokesman said.
Afghans and foreign governments alike were taken by surprise when residents in relatively quiet Herat took to the streets in February to protest against the accidental burning of Korans at a NATO air base that month.
U.S. reports last week said American officials believed Iranian agents had been active in trying to instigate the violence, which gripped the country for weeks.
As foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014, attention is turning towards Afghanistan's neighbouring nations, and what role they could play in the country's future.