Nearly a dozen civilians have lost their lives and two others sustained injuries in separate bomb explosions that struck their vehicles in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika in the past few days.
AhlulBayt News Agency - Nearly a dozen civilians have lost their lives and two others sustained injuries in separate bomb explosions that struck their vehicles in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika in the past few days.
Local resident, Syed Noor, said a car was traveling along a road in the Waza Khwa district of the province, located approximately 175 kilometers (108 miles) southeast of the capital, Kabul, on Saturday evening.
The vehicle touched off an improvised explosive device, and the ensuing blast killed the driver, a woman and her two children. Another civilian was seriously wounded.
Provincial council chairman, Abdul Ghani Paktin, said one man was killed and another injured, when their motorbike struck a roadside bomb in the same district later in the day.
The developments came only two days after six members of a single family, including four children, were killed in the explosion of an improvised explosive device that ripped through their vehicle in the Waza Khwa district of Paktika Province.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the acts of terror. However, such incidents are usually blamed on Taliban militants.
Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troopers and civilians.
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity more than 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. Although the 2001 attack overthrew the Taliban, many areas across Afghanistan still face violence and insecurity.