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Bus crashes into fuel truck in Zabul, 23 killed
January 30, 2015
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KABUL: An Afghan official says at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in southern Zabul province.

Zabul’s governor, Mohammad Ashraf Nasiri, says the crash, which took place on Thursday morning near the provincial capital of Qalat was a traffic accident, most likely due to human error.

The bus was en route to Kandahar province. The collision ignited a fire that burned half the bus and caused most of the fatalities. Nasiri says four children and five women were among those killed.

He says bad roads and reckless driving have caused scores of such accidents in the country’s south.

A spate of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning killed at least 17 people, officials said, the latest violence that comes as insurgents increasingly target local police and Afghan forces after most foreign combat troops withdrew at the end of last month.

The deadliest of the attacks took place late Wednesday in the central Ghazni province, where Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Andar district, killing 11 members of a pro-government militia that was manning the post and wounding six.

As the militia fought back, six insurgents were killed and seven were wounded, according to Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor in central Ghazni province.

The province’s deputy police chief, Asadullha Ensafi, said the insurgents had inside information from one of their own who had managed to infiltrate the volunteer militia last year.

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