Thursday, July 19, 2012

Faryab: 8 Civilians Killed in Roadside Mine Blast

At least eight Afghan civilians were killed in a roadside mine blast in northern Faryab province on Thursday morning, local officials said.

Seven other civilians were wounded in the blast.

The landmine exploded at 6:00am in Faryab's Pashtun Kot district when a police vehicle was passing by, provincial's police chief Abdul Khaliq Aqsai said.

It appears to have been remote-control detonated, but there were no Afghan police casualties in the blast, he said.

The injured taken in a nearby hospital in the province, he said.

Aqsai added that the "enemies of Afghanistan placed the mine to target local police."

No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Insurgents frequently plant roadside bomb to target Afghan and Nato troops, but most of the victims are civilians.

Thursday, 19 July 2012 11:33 
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