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Afghan family killed by roadside bomb

The family was returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation when they struck a roadside bomb.Abdul Khaliq/AP

The family was returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation when they struck a roadside bomb.

EDITORS NOTE:PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENTWATAN YAR/EPA

As many as 21 people from the same family are believed to have been killed in the blast.

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  • A wounded Afghan lies in the back of a civilian vehicle in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 20, 2015. An Afghan family returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation was struck by a roadside bomb Saturday in the country's south, killing at least 12 of them and wounding eight, authorities said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)
  • EDITORS NOTE:PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

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An Afghan family returning to their home after fleeing a possible military operation struck a roadside bomb Saturday in the country’s south, killing at least 12 of them and wounding eight, authorities said.

The family fled the district in recent days after hearing a government offensive could take place there, relative Mohammad Salih said. Salih said the death toll likely was higher, as he believed as many as 21 of his relatives had been killed in the blast.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Taliban routinely plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces, though the bombs often explode as civilian vehicles pass by, killing them instead.

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