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Six Afghan civilians die in blast

A minivan full of civilians has struck a roadside bomb in the south of Afghanistan, killing six people in the vehicle.

The Helmand provincial governor's office said in a statement that the blast also wounded the three others riding in the Toyota Townace.

The dead included women and children.

The blast, which took place on Saturday afternoon, occurred in Sangin district, where international forces have been taking heavy casualties while battling a strong insurgency.

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