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Wedding Bus Bomb: 18 Killed In Roadside Blast
A roadside bomb blast has killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women, as they travelled to a wedding party in central Afghanistan.
"A roadside bomb planted by the enemies of Afghanistan in Andar district of Ghazni province, has hit a civilian vehicle around 4:30pm," said Ghazni provincial governor Mosa Khan Akbarzada.
Those killed in the blast include 14 women, three men and a child. The attack wounded five women, two critically.
Andar is one of the few districts in Ghazni where the Taliban retain some measure of control and often attack security forces, mostly by laying bombs along roads.
Roadside bombs are the Taliban's weapon of choice and are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties.
The UN says in the first six months of this year 1,319 civilians were killed and 2,533 were wounded, the majority of them by roadside bombs.
Earlier on Sunday, a bomb apparently targeting a group of soldiers killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul.
Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the bomb went off as military personnel waited for a vehicle to take them to work.
He said five soldiers were wounded.
There has been a spike in violence around Afghanistan in recent months as the insurgents try to take advantage of a security handover from foreign forces to the Afghans.
The handover is the latest step in the gradual withdrawal of troops from the US-led international military coalition, which will be completed at the end of 2014.