World

Official: Bomb in southern Afghanistan kills 6

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Afghan government official says a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province has killed six civilians, including two women and two children.

Mohammed Sharif, district chief of Musa Qala district in Helmand, said on Friday that the bomb ripped through a vehicle the previous night, killing everyone inside. No one has taken responsibility for the attack but Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan forces routinely target military vehicles with improvised explosive devises throughout the south and east of the country. Civilian vehicles travelling the same roads often drive over and set off the hidden devises.

Many residents in Helmand say the Taliban rule in much of the countryside, while the government controls the district centers. The militant group has also threatened violence ahead of the country's April 5 presidential election.

Related Headlines

  • Bomb planted under car seat kills Afghan official

    A bomb placed under the car seat of a district chief exploded Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing him and wounding six other people, officials said. The Taliban claimed ... 

  • Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan civilians

    A roadside bomb killed six civilians and wounded more than a dozen others in southern Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday, hours after a suicide bomber killed four in an ... 

  • Suicide attackers hit Afghan police compound

    Militants attacked a police compound near Kabul with explosives and guns on Friday, setting off an hour-long firefight that left one officer dead and four wounded, according ... 

  • Car bomb in Afghan capital kills 2 contractors

    A suicide attacker rammed a car bomb into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital and killed two foreign civilian contractors, authorities said Monday, while a coalition soldier ... 

Find your future job here