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16 dead in Herat roadside bombing

16 dead in Herat roadside bombing

Sep 27, 2011 - 20:12

HERAT CITY/ KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Sixteen people were killed and four others injured in a road side bombing in the Shindand district of western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said.

Also on Tuesday, three militants, including a commander, were killed during an ISAFinfo-icon operation in the Charboldak district of northern Balkh province.

The explosion in Shindand occurred around noon, when a van struck the bomb in the Chahak village of the district, five kilometres from a police checkpoint, said Muhammad Salim, a police official.

Eleven children, four womeninfo-icon and a driver were among the dead. The injured included two children and two women, who were shifted to an ISAF hospital.

In Balkh, the NATOinfo-icon-led force conducted a series of operations in the Ilman village, a spokesman for the 303rd Pamir police zone in Mazar-i-Sharif said.

Safdar Khan, a resident of the village, said three people, including two militants and a farmer, were killed in an airstrike by foreign forces.

A local rebel commander, Wali, was also killed, a government official said on condition of anonymity. ISAF used a kind of weapon that burnt the victims' bodies, he added.



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