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U.S. Army Pvt uses a mine detector to checking an area for IEDs during a patrol in district of Panjwai, Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/Press Association Images
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Nine die on route to wedding in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb has killed nine civilians, including one child, who were travelling to a wedding north of Kabul.

NINE PEOPLE HAVE been killed on their way to a wedding in Afghanistan after a roadside bomb exploded, killing all people inside a minibus.

Six women, two men and one child – all civilians – died when the blast occurred in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, according to governor Abdul Majid.

Those responsible for the attack have not yet been identified, AFP reports. The fatal blast comes just one day after six civilians travelling in a minibus were killed in almost identical attack in Helmand province.

Reuters reports that civilian casualties have reached record levels in Afghanistan, where violent attacks by insurgents using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are occurring with increasing frequency.

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