‘Blast kills at least 13 in Afghanistan’

Afghan officials look on as a vehicle is moved from the site of an attack in Kabul. (File photo)

A roadside bomb explosion has killed at least 13 civilians and injured 12 others in Afghanistanâ„¢s southern province of Kandahar, Press TV reports.

Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq said that the incident took place on Monday when a bus hit the roadside bomb near Maroof district.

He added that four women and three children were among the victims.

Raziq has blamed Taliban for the deadly blast.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

Violence continues to plague Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces, more than a decade after the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

In the first six months of 2012, over 1,140 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to statistics released by the United Nations. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.

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This article originally appeared on : Press TV