Officials say a roadside bomb has killed a pregnant Afghan woman who was being rushed to a hospital in an ambulance to deliver her baby.
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said the bomb in Sar-i Pul also killed four members of the woman's family -- a man, another woman, and two children.
The ministry said the bomb was planted by "enemies of peace and stability" -- a term usually used to describe Taliban miiltants.
In the central province of Ghazni, four civilians were reported killed when a mortar fired by suspected Taliban fighters hit their home.
The United Nations says the Taliban and its allies are responsible for 80 percent of civilians killed by fighting in Afghanistan, with U.S.-led foreign troops and their Afghan allies responsible for the rest.
With reporting by AP and dpa