Roadside blast kills 9 in N. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, May 20 (KUNA) — At least nine civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistanآ’s northern province of Baghlan, said official on Friday.
The townآ’s police chief, Col. Mohibullah told media that the explosion took place in Baghlan Markazi district of the province when a van carrying the civilians struck the explosive device planted on the roadside.
The ill-fated vehicle hit the roadside bomb on its way from New City to Qanghar Atha village. Nine people of a family, including four women and three children, were killed and three others wounded in the explosion, he confirmed.
The injured were immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital. No group has so far claimed the responsibility of the blast but police official accused Taliban rebels for planting the explosive device.
The roadside explosion occurred a day after the fifth meeting of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) including Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States in Islamabad discussed Afghan peace and reconciliation process. (end) sbk.ibi

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