3 civilians killed in southern Afghan blast

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-02 19:50:44|Editor: Song Lifang
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Three civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday, a local official said.

The incident took place after a van touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jagroom locality, Maiwand district at around 8 a.m. local time, district Police Chief Sultan Mohammad told Xinhua.

"The victims died on the spot and no bystander was hurt in the blast," he added.

He blamed Taliban militants for the attack as the Taliban fighters use the home-made IEDs to target security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

In a separate incident, two Taliban militants were killed and one other was injured after a car bomb they were building detonated accidently in Archi district of northern Kunduz province late Tuesday, Nasratullah Jamshidi, an army public relations officer, told Xinhua earlier.

The Taliban has been on the rampage since April when they launched a so-called annual rebel offensive in different places in Afghanistan, killing and injuring hundreds.