Kabul, June 3 (IANS) Seven members of a family were killed Monday in a massive explosion when their car ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman, authorities said.
“Four women, two children and a man were martyred as their car ran over a roadside bomb in Hakim Abad area of the Laghman province at around 7 a.m. Monday,” the provincial government said in a statement.
The civilians were returning home after collecting firewood in the province, 90 km east of Kabul, reported Xinhua.
The statement blamed Taliban for placing the bomb.
Taliban militants, who have been waging an insurgency for more than a decade, use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to launch roadside bomb attack on security forces but the lethal weapon also inflicts casualties on civilians.
A total of 2,754 Afghan civilians were killed and 4,805 injured in conflict-related violence in 2012, according to a UN report released in Kabul in February.