Afghan bus hits roadside bomb

Local officials in southern Afghanistan say a roadside bomb blasted a passenger bus Tuesday, killing 30 civilians and wounding at least 39 others. The latest violence comes days after a UN report declared August the deadliest month of the year for civilians in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government blamed the Taliban for the latest attack outside the southern city of Kandahar. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the incident, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children, who were riding on the bus.

Afghan presidential spokesman Humayoon Hamedzada said that the authorities are investigating the matter. “We are deeply sorry for the loss of life, but our provincial authorities and the security agencies have received instructions to complete the investigations,” he said.

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