KABUL, Afghanistan -- A minivan crammed with Afghan civilians on their way to a wedding party in western Afghanistan struck a roadside bomb Friday, killing 17 people, including nine women and at least one child.
Gen. Aqqa Noor Kemtooz, chief of police for Farah province, accused Taliban insurgents of planting the explosives. Bombs intended for NATO and Afghan troops are often triggered by passing motorists or pedestrians.
A United Nations report on civilian casualties, issued in August, estimated that insurgents were responsible for 80% of civilian deaths in the first half of this year.
Friday’s explosion destroyed the minivan, which was carrying 31 people. "Half of them were inside and half were on the roof," Kemtooz said.