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  • 3/16/2012

Roadside bomb kills 10 civilians in Afghanistan

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At least ten Afghan civilians, including six women and four children, have been killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb went off in Afghanistan’s southern province of Uruzgan.

According to Press TV, Sayed Hamdard Maruf, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the incident took place at around 11 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) on Thursday in the Deh Rawud district of the province, located some 370 kilometers (229 miles) south of Afghan capital city Kabul, when a vehicle touched off a buried explosive device.

He added that two more people, including the driver, were severely injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, Farid Hayel, a provincial police spokesman, said that 13 civilians were killed in the blast.

No group or individuals have claimed responsibility for the attack but almost many similar bombings have in the past been blamed on the Taliban.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

On Wednesday, eight civilians lost their lives in a similar incident in the neighboring province of Helmand.

The homemade explosives accounted for half of the about 1,500 civilian deaths in the first six months of last year.

Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of some 130,000 US-led forces in the war-torn country.

Source: irib.ir

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