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Officials say that 25 civilians were killed and another 27 injured when a crowded bus hit a Taliban-style roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan early on July 28.

Provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad said that the bus was travelling on a highway in the Delaram district of Nimroz Province when the blast occurred. He said that "Coalition forces helped us to evacuate the injured."

Civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan are largely caused by Taliban attacks, according to surveys.

Roadside bombs are the Taliban's main weapon in the war, now approaching the end of its ninth year.

compiled from agency reports