Five killed in Afghanistan bombings

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

Separate bomb explosions have killed at least five people and injured several others in different regions of Afghanistan, security sources say.

Local security officials say a bomb exploded in front of a mosque in the eastern Ghazni Province, killing one civilian and wounding five others.

Medical sources put the number of injured at six and say three of them are in serious conditions.

There are also reports of three bombings in the troubled southern Afghanistan. Officials say blasts have killed four bombers in Uruzgan and Kandahar Provinces. A motorcycle bomb went off in the volatile southern province of Helmand wounding two civilians.

Police have blamed the attacks on Taliban militants, saying it was meant to terrorize locals. The militant group has not yet commented on the attacks.

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

There has also been a sharp increase in civilian casualties across Afghanistan in 2013.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report on July 31 that civilian deaths were up by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to 2012.

The report blames the rise in civilian fatalities on escalated fighting between Taliban militants and government forces.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of many US-led troops there.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.


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