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
Roadside Bomb Kills 4 Girls in 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)

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. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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