16 killed in two blasts in south Afghanistan

Fifteen people, including eight children, were killed in a roadside blast which hit a bus in the southern Kandhar province early Saturday, the Afghanistan interior ministry said.

"The bloody incident occurred at around 10.00 a.m. local time Saturday when a mini-bus touched off a roadside bomb in Arghandab district. As a result, 15 civilians - eight children, four women and three men - were killed and one woman was wounded," Afghanistan's interior ministry said in a statement.

In another incident, at least one person was killed when a powerful blast rocked the Ghazni province.  "I confirm that a passerby was killed and four school children were injured in the blast," provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid told Xinhua. 

A local official, who declined to be identified, said the blast happened at around 12.30 p.m. local time close to a military base of Afghan and NATO-led troops. Security forces cordoned off the blast site. 

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