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Roadside Bombs Kill Civilians in Afghanistan

Image Courtesy - ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- U.S. troops and other westerners were most likely the targets, but insurgents in Afghanistan have killed more than a dozen civilians with roadside bombs over a 24-hour period.

A child was among the nine people killed Sunday when a bomb exploded beneath the vehicle the group was riding to a wedding in Baghlan Province, north of Kabul.  The six women, two men and the child were all members of the same family.  Seventeen civilians were reported dead between Saturday and early Sunday.

Experts say the northern region of Afghanistan is growing ever more dangerous as the Taliban, feeling pressure from international forces, moves away from its more traditional stronghold in the south and east.

Six civilians died Saturday in a roadside bombing in Helmand Province and two others died in Uruzgan Province when an improvised explosive device, or IED, went off.

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