At least 12 civilians were killed and more than 100 people wounded after a car bomb explosion on Sunday near the entrance of Afghanistan’s western province police chief’s office and other nearby government buildings. Al Jazeera quotes the spokesman for the provincial governor as saying the blast was so strong that its sound could be heard across the city, while the head of a local hospital said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light wounds. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which came amid an uptick in attacks by the Taliban.