Blast kills seven civilians in Afghanistan

The site of a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan. (File photo)

At least seven family members have been killed and three others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the troubled southern Afghanistan, security sources say.

They died after their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the Maiwand district of Kandahar Province late Thursday evening, the source said on Friday.

Some local sources said the bomb was planted by Taliban militants on the roadside to hit a US military convoy in the troubled region.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the Afghans government often blames the Taliban militants for similar attacks in the war-torn country.

The deadly incident comes two days after a United Nations report said there had been a sharp increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of the current year.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday that civilian deaths were up 23 percent in the six months from a year ago.

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

Moreover, US-led foreign forces have killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night-time raids since they invaded the country in 2001.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have been a major source of tension between Kabul and Washington.

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.


Republished from: Press TV