(AP) - A motorized rickshaw packed with civilian passengers struck a roadside bomb in eastern
The blast happened in Khoshamad district of eastern Paktika province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, adding that women and children were among the dead. Further details were not immediately available.
Civilians are increasingly the victims of the escalating Afghan war, particular from planted bombs on roads and in markets. A recent United Nations report said it documented 2,412 conflict-related civilian casualties in the first 10 months of 2010. More than three-quarters of them were caused by militant activity, a 25 percent increase from the same period in 2009, the report said. At the same time, civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces decreased.
These incidents came after two deadly roadside bombings this weekend.
On Saturday, six civilians were killed when their minivan hit a bomb while driving in southern