Civilians die in Afghan blast

Roadside mine in eastern Afghanistan kills seven civilians and injures nine others.

    Fighters regularly use roadside bombs to
    target Afghan and foreign troops [AFP]

    Taliban fighters and other groups regularly use roadside bombs in their attacks against Afghan and foreign troops, but the majority of the victims in such attacks have been civilian.

    Nato says the number of roadside bombings rose by more than 30 per cent in 2008.

    Nearly 2,200 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2008, the United Nations says. About 5,000 fighters were killed during the same year, according to military estimates.

    Barack Obama, the US president, has ordered 17,000 more US troops for Afghanistan, where there are already about 75,000 soldiers under US and Nato command.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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