Bomb blast kills family of six in southern Afghanistan
[Dawn] A landmine kaboom destroyed a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan and killed six members of a family, provincial authorities said Saturday.

"Six people all onboard -- two elderly men, two women and two men -- were killed in a landmine kaboom in Nad Ali district of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province," Ahmad Zirak, the provincial governor's front man, told AFP.

The blast at around 7:00 pm on Friday took place as they were travelling from one village to another in the district, Zirak added.

Mohammad Ismail Hotak, deputy director of the coordination center for security forces in Helmand, confirmed the toll.

Roadside bombs are the favourite weapons of Talibs fighting to oust the Western-backed government of President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
, and the indiscriminately placed explosives regularly kill civilians.

Less than a week ago a Taliban roadside kaboom blast killed five civilians, including a family of four, and two coppers in the country's troubled south.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-10