6 civilians killed by blast in south Afghanistan

January 16, 2011 14:24

KABUL, Afghanistan — A minivan full of civilians struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, triggering a blast that killed six of the people in the vehicle, the Afghan government said Sunday.

The explosion Saturday afternoon in southern Helmand province also wounded three others riding in the Toyota Townace, the provincial governor's office said in a statement, which added that the dead included women and children.The blast occurred in Sangin district, where international forces have been taking heavy casualties while battling a strong insurgency.

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