GHAZNI: A roadside bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing seven civilians and wounding more than a dozen others in southern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said. Three children and one woman were among the dead, police said.
The bus was going from the main southern city of Kandahar to capital Kabul when it hit the bomb in Muqur district of Ghazni province, a flashpoint in a 12-year Taliban insurgency.
“Seven civilians, including three children and one woman, were killed and 17 wounded,” Assadullah Safi, deputy provincial police chief, said. Baz Mohammad Emat, the director of Ghazni central hospital, said that some of the wounded people were in a critical condition.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Afghan interior ministry blamed the Taliban, Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed both by insurgents and Nato and Afghan forces since the Taliban launched an insurgency in 2001 after being deposed in a US-led invasion.