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​Family Of Nine Killed By Roadside Bomb In Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials say nine people from a single family have been killed by a roadside bomb in western Herat Province.

The family was travelling from the Shindand district to the provincial capital, Herat, late on May 6 when the bomb ripped through their vehicle.

Shindand Governor Abdul Hamid Noor said, "Nine members of the family, including five children, two women, and two men were killed on the spot."

The deadly incident came a day after two separate roadside-bomb attacks killed at least seven Afghan soldiers and injured six others in Herat.

No one claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Unlike Afghanistan's south and eastern provinces, Taliban militants don't have a strong presence in Herat.

However, the group is more active in the volatile Shindand district and nearby areas, frequently launching bomb attacks there.
With reporting by AFP and dpa