Afghan civilians killed in bomb blast near Kabul

KABUL. August 7. KAZINFORM A bomb blast near the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least eight civilians, local officials say.

They say the remote-controlled device hit a minibus in the Paghman district at about 0500 local time (0030 GMT).

The officials say the intended target was a police patrol. A man suspected of placing the bomb has been arrested, BBC News says.

Taliban insurgents often use roadside bombs to carry out attacks, but no group has so far claimed responsibility for Tuesday's blast.

The Afghan security forces have carried out numerous operations in the area in recent years, often seizing weapons and ammunition.

Tuesday's attack comes as Afghan forces prepare to take over from foreign troops by the end of 2014.


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