July 28th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

Separate roadside blasts kill 27 Afghan civilians

At least 25 Afghan civilians were killed when their bus hit a roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the provincial governor said.

Twenty more were wounded, said Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad of Nimroz province.

The blast hit a bus transporting civilians from Zarang to Kabul.

A convoy of NATO forces traveled from Zarang to Kabul on Tuesday, and the Taliban were aware of that, the governor said.

They planted more than 20 mines to detonate the convoy, he said. NATO forces discovered and defused them, he said.

The area does not have any police posts, and has been the site of attacks in the past.

In another attack in the same region, at least two civilians were killed when their car hit a roadside bomb.

Afghan and coalition forces, who were in the area, tried to provide medical help, the International Security Assistance Force said.

"These cowardly, murderous acts by the insurgents will not prevent us from securing a peaceful Afghanistan. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in a fight against the enemies of this country," said Col. Rafael Torres, director of the ISAF Joint Command center.

President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the explosion in Nimroz province. In a news statement, he called it "an action against Islam and a capital crime that God will never forgive. "

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  1. nabi18

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/islam-the-peaceful-religion/

    July 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    You People should be thanking all of us that did Our part for this great Country of Ours!!! We should be behind our forces not bad mouthing what they are doing... I lose a lot of My Brothers in the Vietnam War!!! I feel that by us fighting there we gave that Country a lot better chance today than they would have had if we didn't fight there!!!
    The only war I felt we should never had started was the Iraq War... The sad part is if Bush Sr would have finished it when He had the chance... The Afghanistan war would have been over a long time ago!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    What are you in the Service still??? Otherwise you are lucky to be one of the People working today!!! They want to bring Our Troops home right now... Just what we would need is more People unemployed!!! We have to get rid of the Illegals and solve the problem of This country...

    July 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Larry usually i agree with you patriotism but in this instance I think you're wrong. How many US citizens do you know that are eager to work in the fields? I don't know any. BTW did you know there is a website that places US citizens in farms across America? They will help you find a place to work if you sign up at their site. Sadly, only about a dozen Americans have signed up to date. Don't blame people for wanting to work when your neighbors would rather collect unemployment and welfare checks.

      July 30, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. hussain

    hopefully international forces staying here at Afghanistan otherwise Taliban with great support from pashtoons will dominate again in Afghanistan and again start killing minorities here. we have not a good situation but this situation is really better that taliban era.

    July 29, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Hussain,

      Are you living in Afghanistan? If so I hope you can speak about the way the situation is now and was before. I also hope you know that American and Coalition forces may make mistakes but do not intentionally wish to harm civilians. God bless and thank you for your support.

      July 29, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • glacier

      He's probably not living in Afghanistan, he's probably living in the UK on some form of government compensation and is a confused kid with life who finds solace in violent jihadism. That's how pretty much all of them are, they are hypocrites. They live in the west and enjoy it's benefits yet praise their "brothers" in their comfy homes from thousands of miles away in kuffar lands (they call it kuffar, even thought they are receiving land, food water; something they could not have gotten back home).

      July 29, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        I'm not sure what you got from his post but it seemed supportive to me (for the war and the American effort), so I'm confused as to why you would confuse a potential ally as a jihadist?

        July 30, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Why do you think we are training the Afghanistan to take care of themselves!!! Not like Bush Jr leaving them dry like he did... Buy the time we are finish they will be able to kick your buts by themselves!!!

      July 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Again, this guy sounds supportive. What I understood from his broken English was that the situation in Afghanistan was worse before we arrived and he was hoping we could help his people. Maybe I'm wrong...

        July 30, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chip Pierce

    AllAmerican is probably a "paper tiger" patriot – like Dick Cheney.
    Guys who talk tough but dodge drafts while others serve their country.
    Why don't you pack up your crap and move to Afghanistan to protect us, hero?
    Or are you a pansy?

    July 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllAmerican

      Ok Chip, US Army, 1980-88. 15Tango, and not only participated operation Urgent Fury, but lost my nephew in a BH accident 2 birds ahead of mine. I'm a COMBAT VETERAN and I served with honor. You can take that to the bank. You putz.

      July 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike clark

        SIR YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! I ALSO SERVED MY COUNTRY WITH PRIDE IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY!

        July 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllAmerican

      When did you serve Chipmunk? BTW, Webelos don't count. I bet the highest badge you earned was shoe lacing.

      July 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We are such pansy that we can kick your ass in a fair war!!! But Idiots like you can't fight a fair war... You rather kill innocent People instead!!!

      July 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AllAmerican

    Well, here we are, 8 hours after this article posted and STILL not one liberal pansy condemning this slaughter of 27 "innocent" civilians. Sad times, indeed.

    July 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Better them than Our Forces!!! They kill their own People anyhow so what is the difference??? I hate to see any innocent person die!!! But in war innocent People always die!!! That is the sad part of war... Especially when the Tarriest are cowards and won't fight Their enemy the right way!!!

      July 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yankee cowboy

    More examples of the Paki Taliban murdering innocent men, women and children, all in the name of their religion and prophet.

    July 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AllAmerican

    Thanks for your support USAF, as well as THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your service and sacrifice. Your deeds ARE appreciated! I recognize, "Service before Self"!

    July 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllAmerican

      "saralion" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA What a buffoon! So your eating steaks from a lion named Sara? Dude, you MUST be the employee of the month at the Pakistani jibberish-to-English translation Society.

      July 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AllAmerican

    So, where's all the Anti-American blabbers SCREAMING about civilian deaths here? WHERE?!?!?! Oh..... Since the Taliban killed civilians, no one is gonna scream huh? All you liberal pansy self loathing anti-American Americans make me want to PUKE!

    July 28, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • USAF

      Thank you!!! They all want to kick and scream when negative reports are posted. They are killing their own people!!! I wish all the stories of the good we're doing would come out. These people make me sick, they want to use their freedom of speech and bash the people providing it.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11c Infantry

      Agreed 10000%

      July 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllAmerican

      Yeah, you rant on about my comment. Not a WORD about the civilian deaths. You just made my point. You are the epitome of a freedom abuser. Go live with the Taliban, then talk smack about their policies... You'll find your severed head resting on the small of your back as a god loving Taliban films it for propaganda.

      July 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chip Pierce

      All American? What a misnomer. Astonishing ignorance in your post.
      You're so busy hating liberals yourself, you don't even condemn the murderers.

      July 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • AllAmerican

        Ahhh... and here comes the pansies now... about time. Welcome to the thread Judas.

        July 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      As I was reading this I was thinking the same thing. Civilian deaths caused by the US pale in comparison to the ones caused by Al Qaida and the Taliban. They intentionally target anyone trying to work or better themselves and no one says a damned thing about it but God forbid we kill a "civilian" who is with a terrorist and we're immediately scrutinized by the very people we are sworn to protect: the American citizen. It's shameful.

      July 29, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
      • The other Steve

        I completely agree, Mary. God forbid if this was American troops killing these civilians (even by accident). We'd have 200 posts crying about how Americans are evil and horrible. Yet it's the Taliban that killed these civilians, so everybody turns a blind eye. The way this world is right now is sickening. I'm tired of the double-standard.

        July 29, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        What can you expect from People that want to take over the World!!! Look what the Republican. tea Party, Corporations and Rich are doing to the United states!!! The Green Stuff is more important than the Country...

        July 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |