KANDAHAR - A roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Thursday killed five members of the same family, including women and children, officials said. The explosion struck their car while they were travelling in Dehrawood district of Uruzgan province. “Two women, two children under eight and a man were killed in the blast,” the provincial governor’s spokesman, Abdullah Himmat, told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Himmat blamed the enemies of Afghanistan, a term used by Afghan officials to refer to Taliban insurgents.

Farid Ail, Uruzgan police spokesman, confirmed the death toll to AFP. Roadside bomb attacks are the weapon of choice for Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. Explosives are frequently planted to target Nato and government forces, but civilians are often the victims.