Thursday Jun 27, 201308:24 PM GMT
Roadside bomb kills 5 in eastern Afghanistan
Afghans gather at the site of a bomb attack in the eastern province of Laghman province on June 3, 2013.
Afghans gather at the site of a bomb attack in the eastern province of Laghman province on June 3, 2013.
At least five people have been killed and another wounded in a roadside bomb attack in a village in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman, officials say.


“Four civilians and a policeman were killed and one civilian was injured when the bomb struck their vehicle,” said provincial governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak on Thursday.

The victims were returning to their home after attending a wedding in Qasabano village, the Afghan official added.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

On June 16, at least six civilians were killed and four others wounded in a similar attack in the Choori district of Uruzgan province.

A day earlier, five policemen were killed and seven others injured in another IED attack in the country’s southeastern province of Paktika.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual "spring offensive" against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital Kabul.

The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 100,000 US-led troops.

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