9 Civilians die in Afghanistan explosion

Kabul, Apr 8 (EFE).- At least nine civilians died and another 22 were wounded Monday when their bus ran over a land mine in the central Afghan province of Wardak, a police official told Efe.

The mine was detonated in the Sayed Abad district around 8:20 a.m., the deputy director of provincial police, Quraishi, said, adding that a woman was among the dead.

He said the explosive device had been planted recently by the Taliban, but Efe was unable to confirm the statement since no spokesperson of the insurgent movement could be contacted.

Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, together with suicide attacks, are the most frequently used Taliban methods of striking at Afghan government and international forces, though in practice they take a significant toll among civilians.

According to a United Nations report in February, the Afghan War in 2012 left a total of 2,759 civilians dead and 4,805 wounded.

According to the report, the greatest threat to civilians in Afghanistan last year were IEDs, which took the lives of 868 civilians and wounded 1,663.