Kandahar, Khost Roadside Blasts Kill 14 Civilians

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At least 14 Afghan civilians including six members of one family have been killed Sunday morning in two roadside bomb blasts in south and east Afghanistan, officials told TOLOnews.

Eight civilians died when the minibus they were travelling in struck a roadside bomb in the Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, provincial police said.

The minibus was travelling from neighbouring Helmand province to Kandahar early Sunday when it struck the bomb, killing all the passengers, police said.

In eastern Khost province, at least six civilians from the one family were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the Sabari district of the province, when their vehicle detonated the hidden bomb, district police chief Abdul Ghani.

He said that all the victims were from a family who were travelling home from hospital after one of the women had given birth to a baby boy.

Two children, two women and two men died in the blast.

Insurgents use improvised explosive devices to target local troops, but most of the victims are civilians.

In Khost on Saturday, at least one civilian was killed and 10 others including women and children were injured when a bomb planted on a bicycle exploded in eastern Khost province.

The blast, believed to be detonated by a remote-control device, took place in Sargardan area of Khost City when a police vehicle was passing through the area, provincial police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said.

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