Kabul, (afviews) - At least seven women and seven children have been killed in result of a bomb explosion which planted in a graveyard in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The attack took place in Nangarhar province's Ghany Khel district and all 14 killed -- seven women and seven children -- were members of the same extended family, said Masum Khan Hashimi, the province's deputy police chief. Three family members were also wounded in the attack, he said, adding that an investigation was underway.
The family gathered to mark the start of a major Muslim holiday, the Eid al-Fitr at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, with a visit to the tomb of a relative. In Afghanistan, it is customary for families to visit the graves of loved ones on holiday occasions.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The dead man's brother, Haji Ghalib, who said his daughter was among those killed Thursday, blamed the Taliban for the attack. Ghalib, who was not with his family when the bombing happened, said that he also worked at a security company and was a member of a local peace council seeking to reconcile with the insurgents.
“My family is finished. These people are inhuman," he said.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing, denouncing it in a statement as "a cowardly act by the enemies of the people of Afghanistan who are not part of any religion."
"They even attack in a Muslim cemetery on the start of Eid, they kill our innocent countrymen," Karzai said.
Mashoq Malam, the chief official in Ghany Khel district where the bombing occurred, said it was unclear why someone had planted the remote-controlled bomb at the graveside of the family. The deceased man had worked for a security company and was killed about eight months ago by the Taliban, Malam said.
"These cruel people who don't respect God or Islam and planted a mine on a grave," he angrily said in a telephone interview. "As soon as the poor women and children gathered by the grave, it exploded."
According to the United Nations, Afghanistan's civilian casualty toll has jumped this year as insurgents fight to recapture territory from the departing American-led coalition.