Blast kills eight Afghan civilians fleeing fighting

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Kabul, Afghanistan: At least eight Afghan civilians, including four children, were killed in a blast as they tried to escape fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, officials said Saturday. 

Some 22 others were injured in the explosion in the Bala Buluk district of Farah province Friday, the latest carnage as the resurgence of the Taliban brings rising insecurity.

“Their vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they were fleeing the scene of fighting,” provincial spokesman Nasir Mehri told AFP.

But Wakil Ahmad, a resident of the district, said the deaths were caused by an Afghan army air strike, during bombing of Taliban positions.

Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said they were “investigating the allegations”.

Afghan civilians are paying a high price for the escalating conflict. Civilian casualties in 2016 were the highest recorded by the UN since 2009, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants killed or wounded.

© Agence France-Presse

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