Roadside bomb kills 3, wounds 4 in E. Afghanistan

20:26, January 28, 2011      

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Three persons, including two Afghan soldiers, were killed and four others injured in Khost province, 150 km southeast of capital Kabul, on Thursday, an army officer Ghulam Farooq Tarakhil said Friday.

"A group of Afghan soldiers were on routine patrol in Tanai district on Thursday evening when a mine planted by militants struck their vehicle, leaving three persons, including two soldiers and one civilian, dead," Tarakhil told Xinhua.

Four more people including a woman and three Afghan soldiers sustained injuries, he added.

The civilian man who died and the woman who received injuries in the blast were passersby, the official asserted.

Civilians often bear the brunt of conflicts in Afghanistan as over 2,000 innocent non-combatants had been killed in skirmishes and Taliban-linked activities, according to Interior Ministry officials in 2010.

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