Roadside bomb kills 13 civilians in Afghanistan

A motorized rickshaw with civilian passengers hit a roadside bomb killing 13.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 22:04 PM IST

Kabul: A motorized rickshaw packed with
civilian passengers struck a roadside bomb in eastern
Afghanistan on Wednesday, triggering a blast that killed all 13
people in the vehicle.

The blast happened in Khoshamad district of eastern
Paktika province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement,
adding that women and children were among the dead. Further
details were not immediately available.

Civilians are increasingly the victims of the escalating
Afghan war, particular from planted bombs on roads and in
markets. A recent United Nations report said it documented
2,412 conflict-related civilian casualties in the first 10
months of 2010.

More than three-quarters of them were caused by militant
activity, a 25 per cent increase from the same period in 2009,
the report said. At the same time, civilian casualties
attributed to pro-government forces decreased.

Also today, a roadside bomb in southern Zabul province
killed four border police officers who were patrolling the
area, said Gen Abdul Raziq, the commander for border police in
the south. He said the officers struck the bomb in their truck
while driving through Shamulzoh district.

In western Herat province last night, a rocket hit a
civilian house during a firefight between insurgents and NATO
forces in the area, government spokesman Shafiq Berozyan said.

One child was killed and another 10 people were wounded, he
said.

These incidents came after two deadly roadside bombings
this weekend.

On Saturday, six civilians were killed when their minivan
hit a bomb while driving in southern Helmand province. On
Sunday, a station wagon carrying a family of nine people
struck a bomb in northern Baghlan province, killing all of
those aboard.

PTI