Roadside mine kills 11 family members in northern Afghanistan

Eleven family members were killed when their car hit a roadside mine in northern Afghanistan, an official said Friday.

Five children, two women and four men were killed, said Jawid Basharat, a local police spokesman, adding that three other children were injured in the explosion.

The incident occurred late Thursday in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Baghlan province.

Militants had planted mines on the roads targeting security forces, Baghlan police said.

The Taliban have targeted security forces throughout Baghlan province. The group recently overran a police base near the provincial capital Pul-e Khumri.

A military base in Baghlan-e Jadid is being fought over as well. Hundreds of police and soldiers defending it have been cut off from support for days, local authorities reported on Wednesday.

Last update: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:45

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