KANDAHAR -- A roadside bomb tore through a small bus in Kandahar on Wednesday (June 3), killing nine civilians including women and children, according to officials who blamed the Taliban.
Nine Afghans died and five others were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their bus in Arghistan District, Kandahar Province, provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser Barekzai said.
Several victims were women and children, said Baheer Ahmadi, spokesman to the provincial governor, who also confirmed the toll.
No one claimed responsibility, but Barekzai blamed the Taliban.
The bombing came a day after a blast in a mosque in Kabul's fortified Green Zone killed two Afghans including an imam, Ayaz Niazi.
Homemade bombs used by the Taliban to target Afghan security forces killed at least 10 civilians in the past two days, said the United Nations (UN) Assistance Mission in Afghanistan June 3.
The UN urged the militants to "stop using these illegal improvised mines".
Despite the attacks, overall violence across much of Afghanistan has dropped since May 24, when the Taliban initiated a rare three-day ceasefire to mark the Eid ul Fitr holiday.
Officials have acknowledged a lull in violence, though they blamed the militants for some deadly attacks in recent days.
Before the ceasefire, violence had surged since the Taliban signed a landmark agreement with the United States in February.
The deal paves the way for the withdrawal of all foreign forces by May 2021.