KABUL, Afghanistan -- A minivan packed with civilians struck a roadside bomb in the southern Afghanistan province of Oruzgan on Thursday morning, killing 10 people and wounding eight others.
Most of the victims were women and children, said Abdullah Hemat, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
The occupants of the vehicle were on their way to celebrate a family member's return from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Hemat said. He blamed the explosion on Taliban insurgents, who often plant roadside bombs that kill indiscriminately.
The explosion was the second in less than two weeks to kill large numbers of civilians in Afghanistan. On Nov. 16, a roadside bomb killed 17 people and wounded nine others during a wedding procession in western Farah province. Most were women and children.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the Taliban for Thursday’s attack. "Innocent people's blood will not be wasted, and terrorists will be shamed in this world and hereafter,’" he said in a statement.