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Roadside bomb kills 9 civilians in Marja

Roadside bomb kills 9 civilians in Marja

Jul 14, 2010 - 16:21

<!--break--><p>LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least nine civilians, including three children, were killed as their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Marja district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.</p><p>The homemade device was detonated as a van drove over it in the centre of the district -- a former Taliban stronghold -- which was captured as a result of a high-profile offensive in February, said Helmand governor's spokesman, Daud Ahmadi.</p><p>He blamed the Taliban for planting the roadside bomb which also injured four others.</p><p>The wounded civilians were evacuated to a military health facility in the district, Ahmadi added.</p><p>No groups, including the Taliban who have stepped up the use of roadside bombs across the country, have claimed responsibility for the attack.</p><p>A recent human rights report said an alarming number of civilians have been killed in the first half of this year.</p><p>The Afghan Rights Monitor's mid-year study said more than 1000 civilians have been killed and 1,500 others wounded over the past six months, attributing to roadside bombs, suicide attacks and military operations.</p><p>myn/ln</p>

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