December 16th, 2010
07:56 AM ET

Bomb strikes minibus, kills 14 civilians

At least 14 family members heading to a engagement party in western Afghanistan were killed when a minibus struck a roadside bomb, a local official said.

The incident took place in Herat province, which has not been regularly engulfed in the brutal warfare seen in other regions - such as the east and the south.

The bus was headed from Kosh-e-Kohna district to the city of Herat when it struck the explosive, said Shafiq Behrazian, spokesman for the Herat provincial governor.

Four people were injured, and the casualties included women and children.

Koshk-e-Kohna is a remote district in the northern part of the province, and there is only one small road - also used by NATO and Afghan forces.

Behrazian said it was unclear if coalition forces were the targets of the bombing. He said an investigation has been launched.

In Helmand province, NATO-led forces are probing a Wednesday airstrike that reportedly killed four Afghan National Army soldiers.

The incident occurred after an Afghan and coalition patrol came under small arms fire from insurgents.

The troops called in air support and an aircraft "positively identified the insurgent firing position and conducted an airstrike," NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Helmand governor, confirmed the airstrike and the deaths, and he said the people were killed by mistake.

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  1. FusionZeus

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    February 24, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bledsoe


    December 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I figured that you'll get your laugh out of this too Pfunnie boy,since nothing's sacred to you!

    December 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Sure NATO forces forced that mini-bus to drive ahead of them to take the hit huh? Your 360 cult will lay IED's anywhere no matter if innocent people might be killed!

    December 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    good post and true.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Sorry Dindy,I didn't post that statement above. The NATO forces are still outkilling the Taliban with their ungodly drones and Apache helicoptors not to mention their artillery!

      December 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Killathethrilla

        Your right Dan, its called WAR. But we are killing the Taliban, not innocent people.

        December 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        More right-wing bla-bla-bla. It never ends like I said before.

        December 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |