KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus carrying people to a wedding in northern Afghanistan today, leaving 19 dead and 16 wounded, authorities said.
Spokesman Shir Jan Durani said the group was traveling to Dawlat Abad district.
District police commander Bismullah Muslimyar said six children and seven women were among the dead in the blast, which occurred at 6 a.m. local time after a nighttime police patrol.
Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council expressed serious concern at the high number of civilian casualties in the war, especially among women and children.
The Taliban and other militants are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian deaths in the country.