Al least 32 people killed as bus hits roadside bomb in Western Afghanistan
At least 32 people, including women and children, were killed in western Afghanistan (today) Wednesday when the bus they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb.
According to spokesperson for Farah province, a passenger bus travelling on the Kandahar-Herat highway hit a “Taliban roadside bomb” and dozens of people killed and another 17 were wounded.
No immediate confirmation from the Taliban was given that it was behind the blast. Taliban fighters operate in the region and frequently use roadside bombs to target government officials and security forces.
The blast came one day after the United Nations said that civilians were being killed and wounded at a “shocking” level in Afghanistan’s war, despite a push to end the nearly 18-year-old conflict.
Casualties have dropped 27 percent in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year, which was a record, but nonetheless, 1,366 civilians were killed and another 2,446 injured. The UN branded efforts to reduce the violence “insufficient”.
It also said that United States and pro-government forces caused more civilian deaths than the Taliban and other armed groups for the second quarter running.
Child casualties represented almost one-third of the overall total of civilian casualties.
The bloodshed comes amid a months-long, US-led push to forge a peace deal with the Taliban that would see foreign forces quit the country in return for various security guarantees.