Afghanistan blast kills five civilians
A minibus packed with Afghan civilians goes over a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, killing at least four children and one woman.
The incident happened in the Choray district of southern Uruzgan Province, 370 kilometers south of the Afghan capital Kabul, on Monday, said Farid Ayal, provincial police spokesma, dpa reported.
"Four children and a woman were killed and six more people including two children, a woman and three men were wounded in the explosion," he added.
The official blamed Taliban militants for the incident.
The security situation remains fragile in Afghanistan, despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led foreign forces.
A United Nations report on Afghanistan issued on September 28 said that the monthly average number of security incidents recorded for the year through the end of August had climbed by nearly 40 percent.
The report also stated that civilian casualties, already at record levels in the first six months of the year, had risen five percent between June and August 2011, compared with the identical period in 2010.