(HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan) -- Fifteen Afghan civilians were reportedly killed in a roadside bombing Friday as they traveled together to a bazaar. Local officials told the BBC they were all riding in a pickup truck when it rolled over a bomb, possibly intended for U.S. troops fighting against the Taliban in the area.
Four people were hurt in the blast in the remote village of Khan Neshin. Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor in the notoriously violent Helmand Province, told the BBC the Taliban insurgents were to blame for the deadly bombing.
Saturday in Kandahar, a bombing at the police station injured at least six people and blew out the windows of buildings up to a mile away. There are reports that in the northern province of Kunduz, five Afghan soldiers and nine civilians were hurt in a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint.
There is a dispute over the deaths of seven Afghans Saturday in eastern Paktika Province, which borders Pakistan. Local officials say troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed construction workers while ISAF says the seven killed were insurgents who targeted ISAF troops who were investigating a suspicious compound.
A protest outside the Paktika governor's office over the incident turned violent and police were called in. Six people were hurt, including two police officers.
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