KABUL: A roadside bomb exploded under a passenger van in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 10 people, most of them women and children, government officials said.
Eight people were wounded in the blast in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province, President Hamid Karzai’s office said in a statement. The Interior Ministry said 14 people were wounded.
“Innocent peoples’ blood will not be wasted and terrorists will be shamed in this world and hereafter,” Karzai said in the statement.
Violence has been increasing across the country as an end of 2014 deadline approaches for most foreign combat troops to leave, putting the 350,000-strong Afghan security forces in control.
Civilians have borne the brunt of much of the violence in the 11-year conflict. A roadside bomb in the relatively peaceful province of Farah killed 17 people and wounded nine on Nov. 16.
Most of the victims in Farah were also women and children, driving in a van as part of a wedding procession.
Three people were killed and more than 90 wounded on Friday, including several foreign soldiers, in a truck bombing in Wardak province near Kabul. Most of the casualties were civilians.
Group concerned over security of journalist
LAHORE: Voicing its concern at and condemnation of the attempt to assassinate senior journalist Hamid Mir, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for effective measures to guarantee journalists fullest possible security.
In a statement issued here yesterday, the commission said: “The bid to target senior journalist Hamid Mir raises quite a few critical issues of wider importance than the threat to a particular media person.”
A Taliban spokesperson is reported to have admitted that they have prepared plans to liquidate all those journalists who dare report anything critical of the militant organisation’s actions. Thus many media persons are under the threat of elimination.
The authorities have a duty to find out who the targeted media figures are and also to take all possible steps to protect them. Besides, it is clear that the entire media is under assault and the militants have now joined the elements traditionally hostile to it.
This is bound to adversely affect the media coverage of the situation in the conflict-ridden zones. Already the information coming out of these areas is scanty and sketchy and the people have difficulty in properly responding to whatever goes on in the country.