May 24th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

Roadside blast kills five civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — A road mine explosion killed five civilians and injured eight Monday in southwest Afghanistan, the interior ministry said. 

The blast hit a civilian vehicle traveling in Farah province, officials said. Security forces transferred the injured to the hospital.

A provincial governor said the explosion targeted innocent civilians because Afghan and coalition forces don't use the road.

Afghans use the road to take their vegetables to the city to sell, the governor said.

- CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report

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