KANDAHAR: Not less than 11 civilians have been killed and dozens extra wounded Monday after their car hit a bomb in southern Afghanistan that officers informed AFP had been planted by the Taliban.
The deaths come only one week after Taliban and Afghan officers unveiled a “roadmap for peace” during which they pledged to get rid of civilian casualties.
Monday’s incident occurred round 2:00 pm (0930 GMT) when a car carrying many passengers hit a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban, provincial police chief Tadin Khan mentioned.
It was not instantly clear if the victims had been travelling in a bus or at the back of a big truck.
“Within the blast, 11 individuals have been martyred and 34 others have been wounded. Ladies and youngsters are among the many victims,” Khan mentioned.
Afghan army spokesman Ahmad Sadiq Esa confirmed the toll, whereas Kandahar governor Hayatullah Hayat mentioned 13 have been killed.
No group claimed speedy duty. The Taliban didn’t instantly remark.
Kandahar is taken into account the birthplace of the Taliban, who nonetheless management some components of the province.
Years of battle have left Afghanistan strewn with landmines, unexploded mortars, rockets and selfmade bombs — and lots of are picked up by curious kids.
In line with the United Nations, virtually 4,000 civilians — together with greater than 900 kids — have been killed in Afghanistan final 12 months, with one other 7,000 wounded, making it the deadliest 12 months to this point for civilians in Afghanistan’s battle.
The Taliban and a bunch of Afghans met for a historic summit within the Qatari capital Doha final week, as a part of US-led peace talks, the place they pledged to scale back civilian casualties to “zero”.