Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus : Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"What would you do?"

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Deadly blast rips through wedding convoy

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-06

Afghan police say five civilians have died en route to a wedding in the southern Helmand province, lowering a previous death toll of 21. Afghanistan is grappling with a mounting insurgency in the run-up to its August 20 presidential election.

AFP - A roadside bomb ripped through a trailer packed with guests travelling to a wedding in southern Afghanistan, killing 5 civilians and wounding up to six others, officials said Thursday, lowering a previous death toll of 21.

The blast occurred in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, the interior ministry and the top Afghan commander for the south told AFP, correcting an earlier statement that the attack happened on Thursday.

"A trailer being towed by a tractor was hit by a roadside bomb... and killed 21 civilians and wounded six others," Afghan General Shir Mohammad Zazai said earlier.

Afghan soldiers were dispatched to the area to help with rescue efforts.

"Among the killed there were also teenagers but we don't have exact figures now," Zazai told AFP.

It was one of the deadliest bombings in weeks and comes with Afghanistan buffeted by soaring insurgent attacks and suffering record levels of violence in the eight years since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime.

The attack took place in Garmsir district, an insurgent stronghold where US Marines have for months been trying to flush out Islamist militants ahead of landmark presidential and provincial council elections on August 20.

 



In rural Afghanistan, where most people live in poverty without private vehicles, trailors are often harnessed to farm tractors to transport people.

"A tractor vehicle full of civilians was going to a wedding party in Garmsir district of Helmand province," the interior ministry told AFP.

"On the way the tractor was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device)." ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.

It was too early to give a breakdown of the dead, he said, condemning what the ministry called an "inhuman and cruel attack of the terrorists" and calling on Afghans to help unmask "such bad elements who are trying to kill civilians".

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Helmand is a Taliban stronghold and the militants rely heavily on bomb attacks in their campaign to drive out the Western-backed Afghan government and about 100,000 international troops deployed in the country.

President Hamid Karzai, who has ruled Afghanistan for nearly eight years, is the leading candidate in this month's presidential election.
 

Date created : 2009-08-06

COMMENT(S)