Landmines kill 9 civilians in Afghanistan

Landmines killed nine people in Afghanistan in two separate incidents on Sunday.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Officials say landmines have killed nine civilians in separate incidents in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

Youqib Khan, who is deputy police chief for the eastern Khost province, said three men, two women and a baby died when their vehicle ran over a mine as they were returning home from hospital on Sunday morning. The family was leaving a maternity hospital in Khost province in a pick-up truck when the bomb exploded, a statement from the office of the provincial governor said.

"A pregnant woman was taken by her family to a hospital last night at 10 p.m, and they were making their way home in the morning with their newly born baby when the bomb hit," said Zarmaeed Mokhlis, governor of Khost's Sabari district.

In the south, three civilians were killed when their vehicle detonated a landmine Sunday on the road between Helmand and Kandahar provinces, a government statement said. Two other members of the family, which was on the way to a wedding, were wounded.

The United Nations says homemade bombs continue to be the deadliest weapon for civilians in the war.

Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a military statement said. It did not elaborate.