Three civilians dead in Helmand explosion (AFGHANISTAN)

KABUL, Mar. 8, 2008, (Pajhwok Afghan News) : Three civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the troubled southern province of Helmand while law-enforcement personnel seized arms and ammunitions in the north, officials said on Saturday.


The Interior Ministry in Kabul said three passengers perished as a newly-planted roadside landmine blew up a flying-coach in a Hazara-inhabited area of the Nad Ali district this morning.

A woman wounded in the blast was flown to a Lashkargah hospital, where she was under treatment, a statement from the ministry said. However, the press release said nothing about her condition.

The provincial police chief said the incident took place at 10.00 am. Two children and elderly man were killed on the spot, added Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hussein Andiwal.

In the northern Balkh province, intelligence officials claimed recovering weapons and ammunitions during raids in different areas. The National Security Department said its operatives had seized heavy machine-guns, missiles, a large quantity of cannon balls and landmines.

Von: 8.3.2008, (c) 2008 Pajhwok Afghan News/Asia Pulse Pty Limited

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