Afghan police say 26 killed in bus crash

July 26, 2010 10:09

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A bus overturned in southern Afghanistan Monday, killing 26 people who were on board, Afghan police said.

The bus ran off the road in Daman district south of Kandahar city just after dawn and flipped over, said the head of traffic police for the province, Mohammadullah Khan. Along with 26 killed there were two people injured, Khan said. He did not say how many people were in the bus.

The bus was heading toward the capital of Kabul and was driving well over normal speeds, Khan said.

In the east, meanwhile, a unit of Afghan army commandos retook a remote but volatile area of Nuristan province that has changed between government hands and insurgents multiple times in recent months, the Defense Ministry said.

The commandos dropped into Barg-e-Matal district from helicopters and recaptured the area. The insurgents set fire to the district headquarters building before fleeing, the ministry said in a statement. There were no details about casualties but the ministry said it believed the insurgents had suffered losses.

There were no army casualties, the statement said.

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