Authorities say a roadside bomb has killed ten people in southern Afghanistan, most of them women and children.
The bomb ripped through a van as it traveled in the Deh Rawood district of Uruzgan province.
Provincial officials say at least eight people were wounded in the blast.
The families were said to be on their way to a visit a relative who had recently returned home from Mecca.
Two weeks ago, a roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle in the western province of Farah, killing 17 civilians who were part of a wedding celebration. Most of the victims in that blast were also women and children.
A United Nation report released earlier this year said improvised explosive devices used by insurgents are the top cause of deaths among Afghan women and children. The U.N. has demanded that insurgents immediately stop the deliberate killing of civilians.
The Taliban and other insurgent groups have not let up on their attacks as international forces prepare to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.