Kabul: Five members of the same family were
killed on Saturday when a roadside bomb ripped through their minivan
in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, an official said.
The incident happened in Gereshk, a volatile district of
Helmand province, as the family travelled to Helmand`s main
town Lashkar Gah, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
"At around 10:00 am this morning, a minivan struck a
roadside bomb killing three women and two men who were members
of one family," Ahmadi said.
Although the attack bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, who
frequently plant roadside bombs in Afghanistan`s restive
regions, the insurgents were unreachable to comment on the
Civilians are the biggest casualties in the decade-long
war in Afghanistan, where around 140,000 foreign forces are
The year 2010 was the bloodiest yet for civilians, with
the United Nations recording 2,777 fatalities.
A total of 1,462 civilians were also killed in the first
half of 2011, according to UN figures -- an increase of 15
percent over last year, with insurgent attacks blamed for 80
percent of fatalities overall.
Cheap and easy to make, improvised explosive devices
(IEDs) are used widely by the Taliban and kill large numbers
of civilians and troops.