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9 killed as bus hits mine in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- An explosion in southern Afghanistan killed nine civilians and wounded eight others Friday, officials said.

The victims were traveling in a mini bus on the Kandahar-Herat highway when the vehicle was struck by a road mine, said Kandahar governor's spokesman Zalmai Ayoubi.

The victims comprised of four women, three children and two men, Ayoubi said.