Road­side bomb kills 10 Afghan civil­ians

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

KABUL: At least ten Afghan civil­ians were killed and sev­eral wounded on Thurs­day when their van was hit by a road­side bomb in Afghanistan's south­ern Hel­mand prov­ince, of­fi­cials said.

Road­side and other bombs are by far the most lethal weapons de­ployed by Tal­iban in­sur­gents and are re­spon­si­ble for most of the war ca­su­al­ties suf­fered among Afghan se­cu­rity forces, for­eign troops and civil­ians. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Hel­mand, a Tal­iban strong­hold and one of the coun­try's most dan­ger­ous prov­inces, said pro­vin­cial gover­nor spokesman Da­wood Ah­madi.

The NATO-led In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity As­sis­tance Force (ISAF) said in a state­ment that Afghan and for­eign troops pro­vided med­i­cal as­sis­tance at the scene and evac­u­ated the wounded.

Vi­o­lence is at its worst in Afghanistan since U.S.-backed Afghan troops ousted the Tal­iban in 2001, with record deaths on all sides of the near- decade long con­flict. The num­ber of for­eign troops killed this year has passed 700. The United Na­tions said this month there were 6,215 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in con­flict-re­lated in­ci­dents in Afghanistan, in­clud­ing 2,412 deaths and 3,803 in­juries, be­tween Jan­uary and the end of Oc­to­ber this year. The re­port said ca­su­al­ties rose by 20 per­cent in the first ten months of the year com­pared to 2009, and held Tal­iban and other mil­i­tant groups re­spon­si­ble for 76 per­cent of the deaths or in­juries suf­fered by civil­ians.

A blast at a Chi­nese phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal fac­tory has killed at least five peo­ple and in­jured eight oth­ers.

The of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported Thurs­day that a fire at a fac­tory be­long­ing to the Quanxin Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. in south­west­ern China's Yun­nan prov­ince caused the blast. It did not im­me­di­ately give any other de­tails. Work­place ac­ci­dents are com­mon in China, with thou­sands dy­ing ev­ery year in part be­cause of lax en­force­ment of safety rules. -Ap/Reuters

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