‘Bomb kills near a dozen in Afghanistan’

Afghan security force keep watch near the entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul on June 25, 2013.

Police say a roadside bomb has killed near a dozen people including eight women and two children in Afghanistanâ„¢s southern Kandahar Province.

Provincial police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi said that the attack was carried out early on Tuesday when a civilian car carrying people travelling to celebrate a wedding engagement hit the bomb in Khakrez District.

“They were members of the same family and were going to mark their son’s engagement at the bride’s home,” he added.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban militant group has been blamed for such attacks in the past.

The roadside bomb attack comes on the same day that a series of explosions and gunfire rocked the central part of Afghan capital Kabul.

Heavy gun firing and explosions occurred in early hours of Tuesday near the Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Defense in an area of the city where there are many official buildings and diplomatic missions including the US embassy.

Thousands of people have been killed in attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group and the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan over the past years.

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


This article originally appeared on: Press TV