Roadside mines claim eight lives in Afghanistan

Two separate roadside mine blasts killed eight civilians in Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

One mine detonated as a rickshaw carrying a family in Gilan district of southern Ghazni province passed by, killing six members of one family, said Fahim Amiri, spokesman for Ghazni's governor.

“Three women, two children and a man were among the killed.” 

The area is under Taliban control, although Afghan security forces are trying to push the group out.

“That is why the Taliban are planting mines on the roads. They are targeting vehicles of the security forces,” Amiri said.

Another mine hit an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle in the Bagrami district of Kabul, “killing two civilians and wounding another two including a ANA solder,” said Basir Mujahid, Kabul police spokesman.

Bagrami district in eastern Kabul is known as one of the most insecure districts of the capital.

The UN regularly criticizes the insurgency for the use of IEDs planted by roadsides as they are indiscriminately killing hundreds of civilians every year.

Last update: Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:51

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