MEHTARLAM, (Xinhua): Seven members of an Afghan family were killed Monday morning when their car was hit by a roadside bomb in the country’s eastern province of Laghman, said the provincial government.
“Four women, two children and a man were martyred as their car ran over a roadside bomb in Hakim Abad area of the Laghman province at around 7 a.m. local time Monday,” the provincial government said in a statement.
The statement said the ill-fated civilians were returning home after collecting firewood in the province 90 km east of Kabul.
It blamed Taliban for placing the bomb.
Taliban militants, who have been waging an insurgency for more than a decade, use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to launch roadside bomb attack on security forces but the lethal weapon also inflicted casualties on civilians.
A total of 2,754 Afghan civilians were killed and 4,805 injured in conflict-related violence in 2012, according to a UN report released in Kabul in February.
Among the total fatalities, up to 868 were killed and 1,663 were wounded in some 782 IED blasts across the country last year, according to the report.
The UN report attributed 81 percent of the civilian deaths to the attacks of Taliban insurgents and other armed groups, another 8 percent of the deaths were attributed to Afghan and NATO-led forces and 11 percent were unattributed.
The Afghan security forces found and defused two IEDs during an ongoing operation which began earlier on Monday at the same area, according to the statement.