Saturday, July 30, 2011 – According to local authorities in southern Afghanistan, at least 16 Afghan civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Helmand province on Friday.

Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand governor said, the incident took place at 07:00 am local time when a civilian vehicle was travelling from Nahr-e-Saraj district to Helmand’s provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

Mr. Ahmadi further added, several others were wounded in the attack.

No groups including the Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

But Taliban militants are believed to be behind such attacks, they usually use Improvised Explosive Devices to target Afghan and foreign forces in different parts of the country.

According to a UN report, Afghan civilians suffered deadliest casualties in first half of this year since the Afghan war began.

The report further added, civilian casualties shows a rise of 15 percent between January and June as compared to the first half of 2010

Civilian death toll as a result of roadside and suicide bombings, increased ground fighting and more deaths from air strikes shows an increase of 15% between January and June compared to the first half of 2010.

Lashkargah is one of the seven areas that Afghan security forces took over in the first phase of security transition this month.

The gradual transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces is due to be completed by the end of 2014.

Author

  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.