Afghanistan: 11 dead in powerful roadside explosion

Taliban has been using IEDs to target security forces but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians, according to military officers. (Representative image) Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 01, 2016, 03.10 PM (IST)

At least 11 people were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand on Saturday, news agencies reported.

"They were travelling in Bolan, an area on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, around mid-day. Their vehicle touched off an improvised explosive device (IED)," Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.

According to Xinhua, the official blamed Taliban militants for planting the IED.

Taliban has been using IEDs to target security forces but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians, according to military officers, Xinhua said. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)