Roadside bomb kills twenty-five on Afghan bus

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At least 25 Afghan passengers were killed and over a dozen wounded when their bus was hit by a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan today, the provincial governor said.

"Afghanistan once again saw a day of bloodshed of innocent civilian lives," said Ghulam Dastgir Azaad, the governor of Nimroz where the incident occurred.

The bus was on its way from Delaram district, about 700 kms (430 miles) from the capital, Kabul, when the bomb exploded.

Nearly 20 people were wounded in the blast, some of them in serious condition, Azaad said.

The incident coincided with the publication on Monday by the whistleblower group Wikileaks of tens of thousands of classified US documents which cast a new light on civilians caught up in what it called "the true nature of this war".

Roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Device, (IEDs) are by far the most lethal weapon the Taliban insurgents have been heavily using against thousands of foreign troops and Afghan government.

IEDs are the cause of most deaths of Afghan and international forces as well as civilians.

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