Separate roadside blasts in southern Afghanistan have killed 14 civilians, including three children, officials said. Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Helmand provincial government, says 11 civilians were killed on Wednesday after their van hit a bomb in the Gereshk district of the province.
Ahmadi blamed the Taliban for planting the bomb. Mohammad Shah Khan, a police official, says three children died after a bomb they found exploded while they were playing with it on a road west of Kandahar's capital.
Taliban regularly plant roadside bombs to attack Afghan and foreign troops but most victims of such attacks have been civilians.