News - Afghanistan
Eight civilians and a policeman were killed while three others were wounded in bomb blasts across two southern provinces in Afghanistan on Wednesday, local officials said.
President Hamid Karzai condemned both attacks in a statement from his office Wednesday afternoon.
"These are terrorist attacks against Afghan civilians. We lost nine Afghan people in these attacks," he said.
At least eight Afghan civilians were killed Wednesday afternoon when their vehicle struck a landmine in the Marjah district of Helmand province, a spokesman for governor of Helmand, Daoud Ahmadi, said.No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Insurgents plant landmines intended to harm Afghan or Nato forces, but civilians are often the victims.
Meanwhile, an Afghan security soldier was killed in an apparent motorcycle bomb blast in Kandahar City, Deputy Police Chief of Kandahar province, Rahmatullah Safi, said.
Two other security soldiers and one civilian were wounded in the blast.
It was not clear immediately following the blast who was responsible, or if there was a specific target.
The bomb follows Tuesday's attack on the Afghan President's delegation by a group of gunmen riding motorcycles. The delegation was in Kandahar's Panjwai district investigating the civilian deaths at the hands of a US solider.
The gunmen opened fire on the group, killing one Afghan soldier and wounding at least three other security personnel. No one from the delegation was harmed.