17 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan police say a roadside bomb blast has killed at least 17 civilians in southern Helmand province.

Authorities say the victims were killed Friday morning when their minivan ran over a bomb in the Nahri Sarraj district.

Officials say security forces who responded to the explosion were attacked by insurgents. It was not immediately clear is any of the responders were killed.

On Thursday, a group of suicide bombers attacked several government buildings in central Afghanistan, killing at least 19 people and wounding 37 others in one of the deadliest attacks to hit the country in recent months.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attack in Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.

A recent United Nations report says violence against Afghan civilians has risen by 15 percent in the first half of the year, with more than 1,400 civilian deaths.