KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Four civilians were killed Wednesday in a blast in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, said a district governor.
"A couple along with two kids were killed when their tricycle set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in a road in Panjwai district at around midday," governor Fazil Mohammad Isaqzai told Xinhua.
The official blamed the Taliban insurgent group for planting the IED in the province which is a known Taliban hotbed.
Afghan Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against Afghan national security forces and the NATO-led troops in recent years but the lethal weapon also claimed the lives of civilians.
About 1,320 civilians were killed and 2,533 injured in conflict- related violence in the first half of the year, according to a UN report issued July in Kabul.
Out of total fatalities, up to 443 civilians were killed and 917 wounded in IED blasts across the country, according to the report.
27 militants killed in Afghan forces operations within day: ministry
KABUL, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-seven Taliban militants were killed in military operations conducted by Afghan security forces since early Tuesday, the country's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning.
"Afghan National Police (ANP) supported by the army and National Directorate for Security (NDS) conducted several anti- terrorism operations in Kabul, Laghman, Kandahar, Zabul and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours. A total of 27 armed Taliban members were killed, six wounded and four others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. Full story