Bus collides with truck, killing 51 in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A bus and truck collided and burst into flames in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 51 people.

The collision occurred in Ghazni province on a highway that links the Afghan capital of Kabul with Kandahar, the largest city in the south. At least 51 of the 56 passengers on the bus were killed, said Gen. Zarawar Zahid, the provincial police chief.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Paktika province said today that six civilians died after the tractor they were riding in hit a roadside mine on Thursday. Mokhlis Afghan said they were returning home from collecting firewood in the mountains when they struck the bomb in Khoshamand district.

Separately, the U.S.-led military coalition said a NATO service member was killed Thursday during an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.

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