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11 civilians killed in roadside bombing in W. Afghanistan

English.news.cn   2012-11-16 19:13:50            

FARAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Up to 11 Afghan civilians, including seven women and four children, were killed and four were wounded Friday afternoon when a vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the country's western province of Farah, a provincial source said.

"The ill-fated civilians were traveling in a minibus from Pusht Rod district to neighboring Khaki Safed district to attend a wedding party but the vehicle touched off a roadside bomb in Pusht Rod at around 2:30 p.m. (local time) killing 11 people on the spot, " spokesman for provincial government Abdul Rahman Zhwanday told Xinhua.

The wounded, one woman and three children, were shifted by police to a hospital in the provincial capital city of Farah, some 695 km west of capital Kabul, he said.

He blamed Taliban for placing the bomb along the main road in the district in northern part of the Farah city.

Taliban militants often attack Afghan and NATO-led forces with roadside bombs or home-made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

The insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

On Sunday, a total of eight civilians, including a newborn and his mother, were killed in two roadside bombings in insurgency-hit central Asian country.

More than 340 civilians have been killed and over 600 wounded in IED explosions from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 this year, according to officials.


Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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