Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Six civilians die in Afghan bombing

Published 12/11/2011 | 09:12

A roadside bomb has killed six civilians, according to a provincial official in Afghanistan's eastern Langhman province
A roadside bomb has killed six civilians, according to a provincial official in Afghanistan's eastern Langhman province

A roadside bomb has killed six civilians, according to a provincial official in Afghanistan's eastern Langhman province.

Faizanullah Patan, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the explosion completely destroyed the car in which the six victims, five men and a woman, were travelling. He said it occurred just outside Mehterlam, the capital of Langhman.

In southern Afghanistan's Nimroz province, gunmen shot and killed a village elder in the Kash Rod district, regional chief Hashim Norizia said.

Nimroz has been recommended to transition from Nato to Afghan security control later this year. The city of Mehterlam was transitioned in July.

Many Afghan militants have traditionally had their strongholds in the south, but also carry out numerous attacks along the eastern border with Pakistan.

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