Farah blast kills man along with 3 children
FARAH CITY (PAN): A man and three of his children were killed in a roadside bombing in western Farah province on Tuesday morning, hours after the UN stressed an end to attacks on civilians.
The four people were killed when the car they were travelling in struck the roadside bomb in the Chah Shorab area of Javin district, the governor's spokesman said.
Abdur Rahman Zhwandai the children's mother sustained serious injuries in the explosion that happened at 7.30am. The woman was evacuated to the Farah Civil Hospital for medical care.
Samadyar, the district chief, confirmed the blast and said the body of one of the children was blown to bits. He would not say who was behind the bombing, which came a month after a similar attack killed three civilians in Pusht Rod district.
On Monday, 10 schoolchildren, two US soldiers and a local policeman were killed during a suicide bombing in front of a high school in the Chamkani district of Paktia.
Separately, seven people of family were killed when a civilian car struck a roadside bomb in the Hakimabad Khwar area on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province.
Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, said: “Any attacks which deliberately take place near a school can only be condemned for the heinous attacks that they are.”
In the past two weeks, conflict-related violence has killed 125 civilians and injured 287, a 24 per cent increase in total civilian casualties from the same period in 2012. The UN mission held anti-government elements responsible for 84 per cent of all civilian casualties during this two-week period.
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