Nine killed by Afghan roadside bomb: Officials

Nine civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Afghan, as they travelled to a wedding.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

Mazar-I-Sharif: Nine civilians
were killed by a roadside bomb in Baghlan province, northern
Afghanistan, as they travelled to a wedding on Sunday, police and
local officials said.

Six women, two men and a child died in the blast, which
happened as the vehicle travelled from Pul-e-Khumri, the
provincial capital, to a village in the province, on a road
often used by foreign forces.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the
blast.

"A mine struck a civilian minibus," provincial governor
Abdul Majeed said.

"Nine civilians -- six women, a child and two men -- have
been killed. The road is often used by the PRT (provincial
reconstruction team) soldiers. All the casualties are
civilians."

The incident was also confirmed by Major Qudratullah, a
spokesman for police in Baghlan province.

The incident came a day after six civilians were killed
by a roadside bomb which hit a minibus in the Sangin district
of southern Afghanistan`s troubled Helmand province.

Afghanistan`s interior ministry says that last year 2,043
civilians died as a result of Taliban attacks and military
operations targeting the militants.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or home-made bombs
are a frequent cause of death for civilians in Afghanistan.

There are around 140,000 international troops in the
country fighting the Taliban insurgents who were ousted from
power in a 2001 US-led invasion.

PTI