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Roadside bomb kills five Afghan civilians

Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:7PM GMT

A scene of bomb blast in an area of Afghanistan (file photo)
A powerful bomb blast has killed at least five civilians in Afghanistan's troubled southern Helmand Province, local Afghan authorities say.

Provincial officials say roadside bomb went off in Nahri Sarraj district as a minibus was passing by.

"At around 10:00 am this morning, a minivan struck a roadside bomb killing three women and two men who were members of one family,” AFP quoted provincial Spokesman Daud Ahmadi as saying

A similar incident in the same district left some 18 civilians dead in late July.

According to a UN report close to 1,500 Afghan civilians have been killed since the start of 2011, up by 15-percent compared to last year's corresponding period.

A great number of Afghan civilians have lost their lives in Taliban bomb explosions or NATO's air and ground attacks since the US-led invasion of their country in 2001.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest war in the US history.



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