4 Girls Fetching Water Killed by Roadside Bomb

...in Helmand province

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 4, 2013 1:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Afghan officials say four girls were killed by a roadside bomb in the country's south on their way home after being sent out to fetch water. A rep for the Helmand governor says the girls, ages 10 to 12, were on their way home in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah when the bomb went off this morning. Violence this year has matched its worst levels in nearly 12 years of war. According to the most recent figures from the Interior Ministry, 180 civilians were killed across Afghanistan last month.

In this Oct. 22, 2012 photo, an Afghan man enters a small make shift hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
In this Oct. 22, 2012 photo, an Afghan man enters a small make shift hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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