Roadside blast kills 11 in north Afghanistan


Kabul, June 6

A van carrying civilian passengers in northwest Afghanistan was hit by a roadside bomb, leaving at least 11 passengers dead, including three children, an Afghan official said Sunday.

The van fell into a valley, said Badghis provincial Gov Hesamuddin Shams, adding that rescuers were still searching for bodies. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the provincial government accuses the Taliban of placing the bomb to target security forces. There was no immediate response from the Taliban.

Large swathes of war-ravaged Afghanistan are littered with bombs and land mines. Many were planted by insurgents to target government military convoys, but they often kill civilians instead. — AP



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