KABUL: A roadside bomb killed eight civilians travelling in a vehicle in a volatile district of southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, days after the UN reported a surge in civilian casualties in the country. They were going from Panjwayi district to Kandahar city when the bomb hit their vehicle on a main road. “This morning a roadside bomb hit their vehicle killing eight, including four women,” Panjwayi governor Fazal Mohammad Eshaqzai told AFP, adding that two children were wounded.

An interior ministry statement confirmed the blast and said the victims belonged to one family.