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Ten Afghan Civilians Killed By Roadside Bombs In Paktia Province

Afghan officials say at least 10 people have been killed in two explosions in the eastern province of Paktia.

Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia Province, said five members of one family died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb on August 5.

Atal said another five people were killed when their tractor hit a similar device a short time later.

Both of the roadside bombs had been planted in Paktia’s Chamkani district.

Atal blamed Talban fighters who are active in the area.

The United Nations says the Taliban is responsible for the vast majority of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan.

The UN says 1,601 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the first half of 2016.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP