‘Afghan blast kills 5 from a family’
Kabul, Aug 13: Five members of the same family were killed Saturday when a roadside bomb ripped through their minivan in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, an official said.
The incident happened in Gereshk, a volatile district of Helmand province, as the family travelled to Helmand’s main town Lashkar Gah, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.
“At around 10:00 am this morning, a minivan struck a roadside bomb killing three women and two men who were members of one family,” Ahmadi said.
Although the attack bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, who frequently plant roadside bombs in Afghanistan’s restive regions, the insurgents were unreachable to comment on the attack.
A total of 1,462 civilians were also killed in the first half of 2011, according to UN figures — an increase of 15 per cent over last year, with insurgent attacks blamed for 80 per cent of fatalities overall. AFP
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