Six civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s central province of Daikundi on Friday, local officials said.
“Five others were injured in the incident, which took place in Nawmesh district at 5 am (0030 GMT),’’ a statement from the provincial governor’s palace posted on Facebook said.
The report says civilians bear the brunt of Afghanistan’s long-running war.
According to a quarterly report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, explosive devices killed 53 civilians and left 269 others injured in the first three months of this year, a 21-per-cent increase on the same period in 2018.
The figures do not include casualties from suicide bombings.
UNAMA has said it is “very concerned’’ by the increase in civilian casualties from the use of non-suicide improvised explosive devices or IEDs as they are known.
The bombs are laid by militants to hamper the movement and progress of Afghan forces. However, they frequently harm civilians.