Helmand roadside bombing claims 6 lives

Six Afghan civilians, including two women and two children, were killed during a roadside bombing in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province on Thursday.

The casualties occurred late Thursday in the Shahban area of Musa Qala district when the vehicle the individuals were travelling in drove over and set off a roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the Taliban’s weapon of choice, killing all inside on the spot.

The dead included two women, as many children, an elderly man and his son. The bodies had been evacuated to the district hospital.

Separately, six militants killed when the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) they were planting on roadsides exploded prematurely in the Nawzad and Khanshin districts of southern Helmand province on Friday night. Four Taliban were killed when they were planting landmines on a road in the Nawzad district exploded on Friday night.

Two other militants were perished when the explosives they were emplacing on a road in the Taghaz area of Khanshin district went off unexpectedly. 

The Taliban insurgents have lost the courage to enter face-to-face battle with security forces and have resorted to planting roadside bombs -- a major cause of civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, the Helmand provincial governor, Al Haj Muhammad Naeem, on Saturday harshly condemned the bomb blitz that killed 6 civilian people in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province.  He condoled with families of those killed in the blast and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.