10 civilians killed by roadside bombs: Afghan official

Both incidents happened in Chamkani district. Spokesman for the provincial governor blamed Taliban for the attack. (Representative image) Photograph:( PTI )

PTI Kabul, Afghanistan Aug 05, 2016, 08.49 PM (IST)
An Afghan official says at least 10 people have been killed in two explosions in the eastern province of Paktia.

Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the provincial governor, says five members of one family died when their vehicle struck a hidden roadside bomb. He says another five people were killed when their tractor hit a similar device an hour later today afternoon.

Both incidents happened in Chamkani district. Atal blamed Taliban fighters who are active in the area and regularly seed the roads with bombs. The Taliban use such terrorising tactics to intimidate local residents.

The United Nations says the Taliban are responsible for the vast majority of civilians killed and wounded in the war. The world body has said that 1,601 died in the first half of 2016. 

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