Explosives-Laden Truck Detonates, Kills 25 in Afghanistan
Posted on Jul 9, 2009
An overturned truck filled with timber and, it turned out, explosives blew up early Thursday morning in Logar province, Afghanistan, killing 25 people. Thirteen of the victims were children on their way to school, according to the Associated Press.
AP via Google News:
The blast occurred about 7 a.m. as police were trying to clear a traffic jam on a highway in Logar province after the truck, which was loaded with timber, had overturned the night before. Suddenly, explosives hidden beneath the timber detonated, killing 21 civilians and four policemen, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemerai Bashary said.
At least 13 of the dead were children on their way to school, provincial official Kamaluddin Zadran said. Three children were missing, he added.
It was unclear why the explosives detonated. Provincial police chief Mustafa Khan said the truck overturned late Wednesday as it traveled on the main road from Logar to Kabul and militants detonated it remotely when police tried to clear the way.
People mill around a crater left by a bomb blast that killed at least 25 people, including a number of schoolchildren, on the main road from Logar province to Kabul on Thursday.