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    Blasts claims five lives, injures 16 others

    TIRINKOT / LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least five civilians were killed and 16 others wounded in separate explosions in central Uruzgan and southern Helmand provinces, officials said on Monday.

    Two civilians were killed and four others injured on Monday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Uruzgan's provincial capital, Tirinkot.

    The incident took place at 7am in Spin Khawra village as a civilian car was travelling from Khaniqa to Tirinkot, detective police chief, Col. Gulab Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said the bodies of two civilians and the four wounded people were taken to hospital.

    Many of the nine people in the car were workers going to the city and had no relation with government, Gul Agha, 12, who survived the blast, said.

    "We were going to the city to earn a livelihood when the Taliban injured us by the bomb. We have no relations with government or foreign troops, so what was our sin?" said one of those injured, Fazal Haq.

    Elsewhere, three people were killed and seven members of one family injured on Sunday evening, when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Salam Bazaar area of Nawzad district in Helmand province.

    The victims were relatives of an elder from the Alokozi tribe, the governor's spokesman, Daud Ahmadi, said.

    The wounded people were evacuated to a NATO military health facility in the area. However, Ahmadi had no information about their condition.

    Meanwhile, two soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and three civilians were wounded in a blast in Grishk district of the province.

    The explosion took place Sunday evening, when a explosives-laden hand-cart detonated in Syed Tajdar Agha area, said district police chief, 1st Lt. Zamaray.

    No one has so far claimed responsibility for any of the three blasts.

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