Bomb blasts kill 6 in Afghanistan

Policemen inspect the site of a car bombing the Lashkar Gah, southern Afghanistan. (File photo)

Six people including two policemen have been killed in separate bomb explosions in Afghanistan™s southern province of Helmand.

The first attack was carried out in Gareshk District on Wednesday, when a bomber targeted a police patrol.

Police spokesman for southern Helmand province Shamem Noorzai said that the assailant blew up his car next to the police vehicle in a crowded area of Gareshk.

He added that two civilians and two policemen were killed, and four others were wounded in the bombing.

In the second attack, which happened in Gramsir District, two people died when their fuel truck hit a roadside bomb, said Helmand™s provincial spokesman Omer Zwak.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but the Taliban militants often carry out such attacks.

A new UN report says civilian deaths in Afghanistan jumped 16 percent in the first eight months of 2013.

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Human Rights Director Georgette Gagnon told journalists in Afghanistan™s eastern city of Jalalabad on October 2, œAnti-government groups – which continue to deliberately target civilians – have caused the vast majority of civilian deaths and injuries.”

She added that figures show œstark” increase in violence against civilians in the war-torn country.

The previous UN report said that some 1,300 Afghan civilians were killed and more than 2,500 wounded in the first half of 2013. Most of the fatalities occurred during militant attacks.

Afghanistan is still gripped by insecurity, over a decade into the US-led invasion of the country.


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