Bomb kills 5 civilians in southern Afghanistan

Kabul, Apr 9 (EFE).- At least five civilians died and four others were wounded when a bomb planted on a street exploded as a vehicle was passing by in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

The incident occurred in the Marjah district, a high-ranking officer with the Afghan security forces in the region told the AIP news agency.

Four of those killed died in the blast and the fifth died later at the hospital of wounds received, the commander said.

In early 2010, U.S.-led NATO forces in the Marjah district launched what is considered to be the biggest allied offensive in recent years in Afghanistan.

Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and suicide attacks are the tactics most used by the Taliban insurgents to harass Afghan and international security forces.

The attacks, however, cause a high number of civilian casualties.

According to a U.N. report, in 2012 2,759 civilians died in the war in Afghanistan and 4,805 civilians were wounded, 81 percent of the total casualties resulting from attacks staged by the insurgents.