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4 civilians killed in southern Afghan blast


4 civilians killed in southern Afghan blast

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Four civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghan province of Helmand, a source said on Sunday.

"On Saturday evening, a tractor set off an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road in Musa Qala district, killing four civilians aboard the vehicle," the provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak told Xinhua.

He blamed the Taliban insurgent group for planting the IED.

Afghan Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against Afghan national security forces and the NATO-led troops in recent years but the lethal weapon also claimed the lives of civilians.

About 1,320 civilians were killed and 2,533 injured in conflict- related violence in the first half of the year, according to a UN report issued late in July.

Out of total fatalities, up to 443 civilians were killed and 917 wounded in IED blasts across the country, according to the report.