Seven civilians, including two women and three children, were killed when Taliban militants hit their vehicle with a rocket in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday.
Two people were also wounded in the attack which occurred at around 8.30 p.m. on Sunday in Nabi Khil locality of Bati Kot district, a government official told Xinhua news agency, adding one of the injured remained in critical condition.
Provincial Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal condemned the attack.
More than 3,430 civilians were killed and over 7,000 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2017, according to figures released by the UN mission in the country.
The mission has attributed 65 per cent of the civilian casualties to the Taliban and other insurgent groups, 20 per cent to security forces over the period while 11 per cent were attributed to both sides during clashes and the remaining 4 per cent were due to other reasons.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.