Bombs kill eight civilians in Afghanistan

Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed eight civilians, including at least three women and a child, police said on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Kabul: Roadside bombs in Afghanistan killed
eight civilians, including at least three women and a child,
police said on Tuesday.

Among the deaths was Zakaria Khan, an influential tribal
elder who was killed today in an explosion in the southern
province of Kandahar, said Zalmai Ayoubi, a provincial
government spokesman.
Khan, a pro-government tribal chieftain, died in his
timber shop in the town of Spin Boldak on the Pakistan border,
Ayoubi said. The blast appeared as if someone had thrown a
hand grenade, he added.

Two other elders there were injured, he added.

A remote-controlled bomb on a motorcycle parked on a
bridge in the southern city of Ghazni detonated prematurely
today, killing two passers-by and wounding another five,
including two children, police told agency.

The blast took place just as a police convoy was about to
pass, said Mohammad Osman, commander of Afghanistan`s
southeastern police zone.

"Two civilians were martyred and another five were
wounded," he said.

The bomber had been planning to trigger the device by
remote control and was injured in the explosion and has been
arrested, Osman said.
In a similar incident yesterday, a roadside bomb ripped
through a civilian vehicle in Shindand district, in the
western province of Herat, killing five civilians and injuring
two, said Lal Mohammad Omarzai, the district chief.

"Three women, a man and a child were killed and two other
women were hurt," he said.

Omarzai blamed the attack on "enemies of Afghanistan", a
term used to refer to Taliban militants who have waged an
increasingly bloody insurgency against Afghan and NATO forces
since they were pushed out of power in late 2001.

PTI