At least five civilians died and another 10 were wounded in a bomb attack Friday at a market in the southern province of Helmand, an Afghan official said.
The explosive device attached to a motorcycle exploded around noon in the Marjah district, when the market was packed with shoppers at the start of the Muslim weekend, the provincial government spokesman, Omar Zwak, said.
The spokesman told Afghan news agencies AIP and Khama Press that many civilians who flocked to the market had come from remote areas to stock up with provisions for the rest of the week.
According to a recent U.N. report, the Afghanistan war had a major resurgence in 2013 when almost 3,000 people were killed and 5,700 were wounded, and of that total, 34 percent were the result of bombs.
The Afghan conflict is going through one of its bloodiest moments since the U.S. invasion that brought down the Taliban regime in October 2001.
This is to be the last year with NATO troops deployed in Afghanistan, according to a schedule of gradual withdrawal planned to conclude in December. EFE