Four civilians killed in Afghanistan blast

Afghan security personnel inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a roadside bomb explosion in Jalalabad, August 4, 2013.

At least four civilians have been killed and 27 others injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistanâ„¢s southern province of Kandahar.

According to a statement released by provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal on Monday, the incident occurred in Ganj area of Kandahar city.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials lay the blame on Taliban militants.

Taliban militants frequently use roadside bombs to target US-led forces as well as Afghan forces in the war-torn country. However, many civilians have also been killed in roadside bomb blasts.

Last Thursday, seven members of a family were killed and three others wounded in a blast in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province.

According to the website, at least 3,359 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001, which was conducted as part of the so-called war on terror.

The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across Afghanistan, despite the presence of foreign troops.

A total of 402 US-led soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led military casualties, with a death toll of 711.

There has also been a sharp increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2013.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report on July 31 that civilian deaths were up 23 percent in the six months from a year ago.

From January to June, the number of civilians killed in war-related incidents rose to 1,319 from 1,158 a year earlier. In the same period, 2,533 civilians were injured, compared with 1,976 in 2012.

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


Republished from: Press TV