Roadside bomb kills 11 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 11 civilians in eastern Afghanistan 

An Afghan police officer’s shadow outside a polling center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2018, where an explosion killed four people and injured 12 others a day earlier. EPA-EFE/JAWAD JALALI

Kabul, Oct 21 (efe-epa).- At least 11 people, including children and women, from the same family were killed in a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday.

The incident took place around 11:00 am in the Momand-Darah area of Achin district of the province.

“The private corolla car, which was full of civilians, was hit by a roadside bomb,” Attaullah Khogyanai, the spokesperson for Nangarhar governor told EFE.

“11 civilians including six children and one woman, were martyred,” he added.

Nangarhar governor, Hayatullah Hayat, in a statement strongly condemned the attack and said the bomb was placed by “enemy of peace and the people”, a common reference to terror groups Taliban and the Islamic State, which are active in the region.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, which comes on the second day of parliamentary elections in the country.

The polls, which began on Saturday after a delay of three years, were extended until Sunday after technical glitches and security challenges delayed voting by hours.

The Taliban had earlier opposed the polls, claiming that the elections would legitimize the presence of foreign troops in the country.

On Friday, they had warned civilians not to step out of their homes or travel in vehicles on election day.

Meanwhile, at least 27 civilians were killed and over 100 were injured on Saturday in sporadic violence across the country.

At least 9 members of the security forces and 31 Taliban fighters were also killed in these clashes.