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Roadside blast kills 12, injures 15 in Afghanistan

RIA Novosti

14:52 29/09/2009 KABUL, September 29 (RIA Novosti) - Twelve people died and 15 were wounded when a bus hit a roadside device in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Kandahar provincial council said in a statement.

The blast occurred at 09:00 a.m. local time (04:30 GMT) in the Maiwand district of the southern Afghan Kandahar province, the statement said. The bus was en route from the Kandahar province to the neighboring Helmand province. Twelve civilians, including women and children, were killed in the blast, another 15 were wounded.

Violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent months, with the radical Islamic Taliban group, toppled in a 2001 U.S.-led campaign, staging regular attacks on provincial government officials, police and civilians and planting roadside devices as part of the battle with U.S. and NATO troops. But the bombs kill far more Afghan civilians than soldiers.

According to the United Nations, more than 1,500 civilians were killed in January-August as the result of military operations in Afghanistan.

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