Roadside bomb kills 6 Afghan civilians

By the Associated Press | November 12, 2011 | 3:40 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial official in Afghanistan's eastern Langhman province says a roadside bomb has killed six civilians.

Faizanullah Patan, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saturday's explosion completely destroyed the car in which the six victims, five men and a woman, were travelling. He said it occurred just outside Mehterlam, the capital of Langhman.

In southern Afghanistan's Nimroz province, gunmen on Saturday shot and killed a village elder in the Kash Rod district, regional chief Hashim Norizia said.

Nimroz has been recommended to transition from NATO to Afghan security control later this year. The city of Mehterlam was transitioned in July.

Many Afghan militants have traditionally had their strongholds in the south, but also carry out numerous attacks along the eastern border with Pakistan.