Roadside bomb kills 10 on Afghan bus

2013-05-13 15:00
Afghanistan security forces investigate the site of a roadside bomb blast. (File, AFP)

Afghanistan security forces investigate the site of a roadside bomb blast. (File, AFP)

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Kabul — A roadside bomb hit a bus in southern Afghanistan on Monday and killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, officials said.

Kandahar province's police chief General Abdul Raziq said the blast wounded another 12 people in Maroof district, roughly 60km northeast of Kandahar city.

Insurgents plant landmines and roadside bombs in the south and the east of the country to target Afghan and international troops, but civilians often are killed or injured as a result.

Also, Monday a Taliban spokesperson said the four remaining Turkish nationals among a group of 11 people abducted last month by the militant group would be released shortly.

An email statement from Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahed said the earlier release of another four Turks was intended as a "goodwill gesture" and "soon" the remaining four Turks still in their possession would also be freed.

He did not make any reference to the Afghan translator and two pilots - one from Russia and one from Kyrgyzstan - who were captured along with the eight Turks when bad weather forced their helicopter to make an emergency landing in the Taliban-stronghold of eastern Afghanistan's Logar province on 21 April.

On Sunday Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said the freed Turks were taken to the Turkish Embassy in Kabul.

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