KABUL – At least nine members of a family, who were heading to a wedding, were killed and another four injured on Thursday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb planted by suspected militants in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, officials said.
“Nine civilians, including six women and three children, were martyred and another four, including two women and a child, were injured,” Attaullah Khogyanai, spokesman for Nangarhar governor, told EFE.
The injured were also critical, he said.
All victims were members of the same family and were traveling in their pick-up truck to attend a wedding party when the vehicle was blown apart in Wazir-Tangi area of Khogyani district in the volatile eastern province.
The blast took place around 9:00 am.
Wazir-Tangi is one of the most restive areas of the district. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State militants have strong presence in eastern Afghanistan. The area is contested by the fighters of the two groups, battling each other in the region.
But no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Nangarhar governor press office in a statement only said “enemies of the country and people” were behind the deadly explosion.
The blast comes days after a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding on July 12, killing six people and injuring 20 others in Pachir-Aw-Agam district of Nangarhar province.
That attack took place at the residence of a tribal elder and commander of a pro-government militant group, who was among the dead.