4 local labors killed in eastern Afghan blast

MEHTARLAM, Afghanistan, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Four Afghan civilians were killed after a vehicle they were travelling touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in eastern Laghman province Friday morning, the provincial government said.

"The incident occurred in Alingar district at 5:30 a.m. local time. The victims were local labors travelling to a construction site and their vehicle was also destroyed by the blast," it said in a statement.

The statement blamed the Taliban militant group for the incident and strongly condemned the attack.

Earlier on Friday, the country's Interior Ministry revised the death toll to four from a terrorist attack against a Shiite Mosque in western side of national capital of Kabul.

One police and three civilians dead and four civilians and four police personnel injured when two suicide bombers struck Al-Zahra Mosque Thursday night.

The attackers were also killed in the explosions and among the killed was a businessman and local influential figure Ramazan Housainzada.

Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as 715 civilians were killed and over 1,460 others injured in conflict-related incidents across Afghanistan in the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the United Nations mission in the country.

The mission has attributed 62 percent of the civilian casualties over the period to the Taliban and other insurgent groups, 21 percent to security forces while the rest 17 percent were unattributed to or caused by explosive remnants of war.

[ Editor: Xueying ]


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