Afghan violence kills 13 civilians

Thirteen Afghans were killed in separate incidents across Afghanistan.

Kabul: Thirteen Afghan civilians were killed in separate incidents across Afghanistan over the weekend as a result of Taliban insurgent attacks and NATO action, officials said on Sunday.

Seven members of one family died when a roadside bomb ripped through a civilian vehicle in Yahyakhail district of eastern Paktika province yesterday, provincial spokesman Mukhlis Afghan said.

"Seven civilians including three children, all members of one family, were killed in the bomb blast," he said.

Also yesterday, three civilians were killed when NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) bombed a Taliban meeting in southern Helmand province, during an attack in which 17 militants also died, provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Angar said.

"NATO bombed the Taliban location based on intelligence information," Angar said, adding that 17 Taliban and three civilians were killed and four civilians wounded.

He said that the Taliban had summoned seven local people to attend the meeting in the Dara-e-Hazara area.

Angar added there were four Taliban commanders among those killed, adding that the militants took the bodies of the four commanders and left the rest of the corpses.

Two Afghan civilians were accidentally killed on Sunday by coalition forces after insurgents attacked an ISAF base in Logar Province, eastern Afghanistan.