9 civilians killed in roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan

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Nine civilians were killed Saturday morning as their vehicle run over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province, deputy to provincial police chief said. "A civilian car was traveling to provincial capital Khost city this morning at around 9 a.m. (0430 GMT) but the vehicle hit a roadside bomb triggering a blast that killed two men, three women and four children," Mohammad Yaqub told Xinhua.

The police official said the explosion occurred in Lakan area some 15 km east of Khost city capital of the same name Khost province some 150 km southeast of capital Kabul.

Meantime, he accused the enemies of peace and stability, a term referring Taliban militants for planting the mine on the road, of being responsible for the attack.

however, Taliban militants who largely rely on roadside bombings have yet to make comments.

Khost and neighboring Paktia and Paktika provinces in eastern Afghanistan has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past couple of years.

A suicide car bomb blast near a police checkpoint in Khsot city left 10 people dead including eight civilians and two policemen and injured 40 others on Feb. 18.

A total of 2,043 civilians were killed in conflicts and Taliban- led insurgency in 2010, according to Interior Ministry.

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