Bomb kills at least 12 in a fam­ily

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

An Afghan fam­ily re­turn­ing home af­ter flee­ing a pos­si­ble mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion struck a road­side bomb. At least 12 of them were killed and eight were wounded.

The fam­ily’s van was hit in Hel­mand province’s Mar­jah dis­trict, a Tal­iban strong­hold.

They had fled the dis­trict af­ter hear­ing that a gov­ern­ment of­fen­sive could take place there, rel­a­tive Mo­ham­mad Salih said. He said he be­lieved as­many as 21 of his rel­a­tives were killed.

No one claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast. The Tal­iban rou­tinely plants road­side bombs to tar­get se­cu­rity forces, though the bombs of­ten hit civil­ian ve­hi­cles.

In Fe­bru­ary, the United Na­tions As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Afghanistan doc­u­mented 10,548 civil­ian ca­su­al­ties in 2014, the high­est num­ber in a sin­gle year since 2009. They in­clude 3,699 civil­ian deaths, up 25% from2013.

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