Bomb kills 12 civilians: Afghan official

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed 12 civilians in east Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.

Kabul: An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed 12 civilians in east Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.

A spokesman for the governor of Paktika, Mokhlis Afghan, said another five people were wounded Sunday when the bomb exploded next to a truck carrying civilians. He said the dead included two children, five men and five women. The truck was traveling between the towns of Turwa and Wazakhwa.

The Interior Ministry confirmed the attack but said only 10 people were killed. There was no way to immediately reconcile the difference in numbers.

Paktika borders Pakistan`s lawless tribal areas, used as safe havens by insurgents fighting US-led coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Bureau Report

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