KABUL — A roadside bomb struck a motorcycle-drawn cart carrying adults and children between two villages Tuesday in western Afghanistan, killing all 17 people on board, a grim reminder of the dangers facing Afghan civilians ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of foreign combat troops.
International troops have pulled back into a largely advisory and training role as they try to prepare Afghan soldiers and police to take over their own security.
That effort has been marred by attacks by Afghan troops or insurgents disguised in their uniforms.
In the latest so-called insider attack, an Afghan soldier opened fire on Slovakian troops in the southern city of Kandahar, killing one and wounding six others.
The roadside bomb that struck the cart was aimed at stopping a joint patrol of Afghan soldiers and police that was pursuing a group of Taliban militants in the western province of Herat, local police Lieutenant Sher Agha said.
But the bomb exploded next to the cart carrying the villagers, killing 12 women, four children, and a man, Agha said.