KUNAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – A roadside bomb and a Taleban attack on a police post have killed 14 people including children in Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.
Seven civilians died when a bomb hit a pickup truck travelling from Asadabad, the capital of the eastern province of Kunar, to Nari district near the border with Pakistan on Saturday.
“Last evening a pickup truck, with women and children onboard, was blown up by a roadside bomb, that killed seven people including two little girls,” Nari police chief Mohammad Yousuf told AFP.
He blamed the Taleban for the blast, which also left three women wounded.
Mohammad Rahman Danish, the district chief of Nari, confirmed the incident, part of worsening violence as US-led foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years of fighting.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but roadside bombs are the Taleban’s weapon of choice in their battle against Afghan and foreign forces. The bombs also increasingly kill and wound civilians.
A UN report released on Friday said 3,188 civilians had been killed and 6,429 injured as of the end of November.