Roadside blast kills 8 civilians in Afghanistan

A roadside landmine killed eight civilians, including four children, in Afghanistan just days after a similar incident claimed the lives of six schoolchildren, an official confirmed on Monday.

Jawed Basharat, provincial police chief’s spokesman, says six other people were wounded in  attack in the Dand Shabuddin area outside of Puli Khumri, the provincial capital of Baghlan.

Basharat says women and children are among the casualties.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the area of the bombing is under Taliban control.

On Saturday, an identical roadside blast in a Taliban-controlled area in the Takhar province claimed the lives of at least five schoolchildren.

According to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, the past six months were the deadliest months for civilians in Afghanistan ever, with 6,487 civilians — including women and children — killed or injured (1,611 killed and 4,876 injured) during the armed conflict in the country.


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