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Seven of a family killed in Helmand blast

AT-KABUL: At least seven members of a family were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the southern province of Helmand, a local official said.

“The incident happened when a civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Bolan area of Lashkargah city,” provincial spokesman Omar Zwak said Sunday, referring to the provincial capital.

He added four children and two women were among the killed.

But the reports suggest at least 11 civilians were killed.

Nobody has responsibility for the bombing.

Most of civilian casualties are caused by roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices.

This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released the latest civilian casualties’ report late last two month which stated at least 3,726 civilians were killed or wounded between January and June of this year.

The UN mission said the civilian casualties in the country has reached to a record number since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

According to the UN mission, the anti-government elements remain responsible for 60 percent of the civilian casualties with ground engagements continuing to cause the highest number of civilian casualties, followed by complex and suicide attacks and improved explosive devices (IEDs).

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