Roadside bombing kills 8 Afghan civilians



Kabul: Eight Afghan civilians, including seven women, were killed and two others wounded Wednesday morning in a roadside bombing in southern Helmand province, the Interior Ministry said.

"A civilian car touched off a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban terrorists in Dizro area of Musa Qala district at about 9 a.m. local time sparking a powerful blast leaving eight civilians dead on the spot," the ministry said in a statement.

The wounded were admitted to a nearby hospital, it said.

Taliban militants, who have been waging insurgency for more than a decade, often launch attack on Afghan and NATO-led forces with roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

The IEDs are the biggest killer of civilians in the conflict as the home-made weapons left 340 civilians dead and 599 others injured from 1 January to 30 September this year, an increase of almost 30 percent over the same period of last year, the UN mission in the country said in a statement earlier in October.

ANI