13 Killed in Afghan Bomb Blast

Posted July 2nd, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Afghanistan say a roadside bomb has ripped through a van, killing 13 civilians, including two children and four women.

Authorities say the people were killed Saturday morning when their vehicle struck the device in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.

The French news agency reports at least 11 of the dead were from the same family.

Local officials say the group was thought to be Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan.

Roadside bombs, planted by militants who have been waging an insurgency against foreign forces for nearly 10 years, are a frequent cause of casualties among civilians in Afghanistan.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, NATO says a service member was killed in a blast Saturday in the western region of the country.