Land Mine Blast in Afghanistan Kills 15 Civilians

At least fifteen people, including women and children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kunduz province of northern Afghanistan.

The provincial governor, Abdul Jabar Naeemi, said the area where the incident happened is controlled by the Taliban, whom he blamed for the tragedy.

Afghanistan presidential spokesman Siddik Siddiki said the bomb was detonated as a civilian vehicle was passed it.

He also claimed the bomb was placed by the Taliban.  However, Taliban has not yet issued any statement regarding  the attack.

Elsewhere in the country, local media reported at least 13 civilians were also wounded in a car bomb explosion in Sar-e-Pul province.

Quoting spokesman for the Sar-e-Pul police, TOLO News said the explosion took place as the “Taliban were trying to move a car full of explosives to the centre of the province.”

As the conflict between the foreign-backed Afghan government forces and Taliban fighters has dragged on for more than 18 years, civilians continue to bear the brunt of war with record numbers of casualties.

At least 3,812 civilians were killed and wounded in the first half of this year in violent incidents across the country. In the same period, 144 women and 327 children were killed and more than 1,000 more wounded, the UN said.

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