A roadsides bomb ripped through a minibus killing 18 people traveling to a wedding in eastern Afghanistan Sunday evening, a government official told NBC News. The blast killed mostly women and some children as they made their way to the Andar district of the Ghazni province for the occasion, Shafiq Nang, a spokesperson at the Governor's Office in Ghazni said. Two men were killed in the attack, Nang said. Five others were wounded, he said. Ghazni is known as the "culture capital" of Afghanistan but is also a frequent target of Taliban attacks. The Taliban did not immediately claim responsibility, although it usually denies having a hand in attacks that kill civilians. The local government said, however, it believed the insurgency was to blame.
Roadside Bomb Kills 18 on Way to Wedding in Afghanistan
Afghans look at wreckage after a roadside bomb explosion went off on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. An Afghan official and witnesses say a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a group of soldiers, has killed a civilian in a market in the capital Kabul, the bomb went off Sunday as soldiers and officers for their vehicle to take them toward their work place. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 Updated at 10:03 AM PST