35 Afghans Killed in Bus Crash
A total of 35 Afghans were killed and 27 others injured on Saturday when a bus overturned on a highway in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
The smash happened just outside Kandahar city in the Daman district of Kandahar province on the main road connecting it to the capital, Kabul.
"Today at 3:30 am (2300 GMT Friday), 35 passengers were killed and 27 other passengers were wounded in a traffic accident when a bus rolled over," the interior ministry said in a statement.
"The Ministry of Interior Affairs asks all drivers to drive carefully and observe all traffic rules and regulations because a small reckless move can endanger many lives."
Afghanistan's roads are perilous and many vehicles in the country are old, meaning that high casualty road traffic accidents are relatively common.
Meanwhile, six members of the Afghan security forces were killed in three separate attacks in different parts of the country.
Three policemen died and three others were wounded in the eastern province of Kunar late Friday when the Taliban launched rockets at a checkpoint, Kunar governor Fazlullah Wahidi told Agence France Presse.
In western Afghanistan, two Afghan army troops died and three others were badly injured when their vehicle was targeted by a rickshaw bomb in Herat city Saturday, army spokesman Najibullah Najibi said.
And one Afghan intelligence official was killed and four others were wounded by a tricycle bomb near the eastern city of Jalalabad Saturday, the provincial governor's spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.
The Taliban, who are leading a ten-year insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, claimed responsibility for the two eastern attacks.
They often target officials working for the government.