Afghan bus hits burning truck, killing 30

Lorry had been set on fire by Taliban and left in middle of road

A woman in a burqa walks along a road on a windy day on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A woman in a burqa walks along a road on a windy day on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 08:02

A bus in southern Afghanistan has collided with the burning wreckage of a truck that was attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 30 passengers, officials said.

The truck was set on fire by Taliban attackers and left burning in the middle of a road, and the bus could not stop in time to avoid smashing into it, according to Omar Zawak, the governor’s spokesman in Helmand province.

The crash happened about 50km outside Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

Mr Zawak said the crash also left 11 passengers injured. The casualties included men, women and children.

AP