6 Afghan civilians killed by roadside bomb

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2010 9:52 AM
6 Afghan civilians killed by roadside bomb

A police chief says six civilians were killed when a roadside bomb detonated beside their vehicle in southeastern Afghanistan.

Ghulam Jalani Farahi, police chief of Zabul province, says the car was destroyed by the blast Friday near the provincial capital Kalat.

Improvised explosive devices on roadways are the weapon of choice for insurgents who rely on guerrilla tactics to counter intensified NATO-Afghan operations.

The nine-year war has inflicted a mounting toll on Afghan civilians. The U.N. says insurgents are responsible for most civilian deaths. However, noncombatants are also killed in NATO military operations.

A recent U.N. report said more than 1,200 civilians were killed between January and June this year.