PAN, June 20, 2012

6 of a family dead in Logar bombing

By Abdul Maqsud Azizi

Six members of a family were killed and four others wounded during a roadside bombing in central Logar province on Wednesday, officials said.

Four women and two children were killed and four men wounded during the blast in the Sari sang area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital.

Deputy police chief, Col. Rais Khan Sadiq, told Pajhwok Afghan News the nomadic Kochi family suffered the casualties when the tractor-trolley they were travelling in struck the roadside bomb at about 2pm.

The site of the explosion is close to the provincial police headquarters, according to Col. Sadiq, who believed the militants had planted the landmine to target police.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied their involvement in the bombing. He denounced the civilian killings, saying the blast could have been triggered by a war-era bomb.

A doctor at the Logar Civil Hospital, Samiullah, confirmed receiving only four injured men. Two of them are said to be in critical condition and may be referred to a Kabul hospital.

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