Kabul: A string of roadside bomb attacks
killed 11 civilians including five children in insurgency-hit
Afghanistan, authorities said on Sunday.
Five children were killed in the western province of
Herat when a roadside bomb went off Saturday, the interior
ministry said in a statement.
The children were playing in Angil district when the
buried device went off, it said.
Six other civilians were killed in two separate but
similar bomb blasts Saturday in the troubled southern province
of Helmand, the statement said.
The statement did not give more details about the
bombings but it blamed the attacks on Taliban insurgents.
Improvised bombs are a favourite weapon of the
militants fighting to topple the Western-backed government in
There are about 120,000 troops under NATO and US
command in Afghanistan battling the Taliban-led insurgency now
in its ninth year, with troop numbers expected to swell to
150,000 within months.