At least 11 people were killed and 13 other wounded in four separate bombings in Afghanistan on Thursday, hours after a three-day ceasefire began across the country to mark the holy festival of Eid al-Fitr.
A roadside bomb struck a car in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, killing five civilians, including a woman and children, said Jamal Naser Barekzai a spokesman for the provincial police.
In another incident, two children were killed and three adults wounded when a roadside bomb exploded beneath a taxi in the Maiwand district of the same province, Barekzai added.
In the northern Kunduz province, a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded, killing two civilians and wounding 10 more, said Enhamuddin Rahmani, a spokesman for the province’s police chief.
Two civilians were also killed by a roadside bomb in central Ghazni province, officials said.
The three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban and heeded by the government comes at a time when violence has sharply escalated across Afghanistan following Washington’s announcement last month of plans to pull out all US troops by September 11.
The bombing comes a day after the Taliban captured the district of Nerkh, about 40km from capital Kabul. Read