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Roadside bomb in Khost kills 10 members of family heading to funeral

AFP and Salaam Times

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The remnants of the vehicle damaged by the roadside bomb can be seen in Tirazayi District on December 17. [Nasrat Rahimi/Twitter]

KHOST -- Ten members of the same family were killed on Tuesday (December 17) when their car hit a roadside bomb as they were travelling to a funeral in Khost Province, officials said.

The victims had been driving in Tirazayi District in a large station-wagon-type vehicle when the blast occurred, according to local and national officials.

"The casualties include five men, two women and three children all from one family," Talib Mangal, a spokesman for Khost's governor, told AFP.

"They were travelling to Logar Province to attend a funeral."

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Kunduz residents on November 28 prepare to bury men, women and children who were killed after their vehicle struck a suspected Taliban roadside bomb in Imam Sahib District, Kunduz Province. Another roadside bomb killed 10 members of a family in Khost Province December 17. [Hedayatullah]

Provincial police spokesman Adil Haidar confirmed the toll and incident details, while Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi added it was a Taliban bomb placed by the side of the road.

The Taliban did not immediately comment.

Terrorist violence kills children

The attack came the same day as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report saying an average of nine children were killed or wounded each day in Afghanistan during the first nine months of this year.

Last week, 10 civilians, including four women and a child, were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Jaghatu District, Ghazni Province.

On November 27, another land mine in Kunduz Province last week killed 15 civilians, including eight children, according to the Interior Ministry.

They were on their way to a wedding from Khanabad District to Imam Sahib District when their car struck a roadside bomb in Aikhamchal village of Imam Sahib District, according to local officials.

Also on Tuesday, a bomb shook comparatively secure Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province.

A bomb concealed on a bicycle wounded 18 people including five traffic police officers, said Balkh police spokesman Adil Shah Adil.

Shafiq Shahiq, the director of Mazar central hospital, put the toll at 23 wounded.

Land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by armed groups and non-state actors continue to harm innocent civilians in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, according to an annual report by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor published November 21.

According to Landmine Monitor (the organisation's report), 6,897 people were killed or injured by mines and other explosive remnants of war in 2018.

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The only way to save the people of Afghanistan is to make peace with the Taliban, otherwise the home-scorching war takes sacrifices from the poor and innocent civilians of the country every day. I was really dejected by reading this article. It is very painful that the poor civilians who were going to the funerals of their relatives became prey to a roadside bomb. And a few weeks earlier, car of a Muslim family in Khan Abad district of Kunduz province, who were traveling to Imam Sahib district for a wedding of their relatives, was hit by a roadside bomb which killed all members of the family, including women and children, only a man and his 6-years old girl survived from the incident. They were also injured.

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