Saturday, August 13, 2011 – According to local officials in southern Afghanistan, at least five civilians were killed Saturday morning when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, 555 km south of capital city of Kabul.

The officials further added,  the incident took place after a civilian mini-bus touched off a roadside bomb at around 10: 00 a.m. local time Saturday in Nahri Sarraj district triggering a powerful blast that left five civilians dead.

According to reports, at least two men and three women were killed in the incident.

Local officials blame Taliban militants for the incident and said, Taliban militants frequently use Improvised Explosive Device to target Afghan and NATO-led coalition forces.

However, the Taliban has yet to make comments.

In a similar incident on July 29, at least 18 civilians were killed in Nahri Saraj district.

According to the United Nations mid-year report released in Kabul on mid-July this year, a total of 1,462 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first half of 2011 which indicates, a 15 percent rise in non-combatants’ deaths compared with the same period in 2010.

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.