Roadside bomb leaves 3 kids dead in east Afghanistan

Roadside bomb leaves 3 kids dead in east Afghanistan
# 06 January 2015 21:03 (UTC +04:00)

Shafiq Nang, a spokesman for Ghazni's provincial governor, said the incident took place at around 2:30 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Tuesday in Giru district of the province, located approximately 197 kilometers (122 miles) west of the capital, Kabul, when a remote-control bomb went off as a rickshaw was passing by.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and an investigation is underway.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

Late on Monday, at least three civilians were killed and two others injured when a rocket fired by suspected Taliban militants hit a house in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.

Farid Ahmad Obaid, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said the projectile struck a compound in Sheikhzai village of Nawzad district.

The attacks come as there are still thousands of foreign troops mainly from the US, in the war-ravaged country after the partial withdrawal of foreign troops at the end of 2014.

On January 1, US-led foreign troops formally ended their 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.