Bus strikes roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan; 9 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a roadside bombing in southern Kandahar province has killed nine passengers on a bus. Another five passengers were wounded. The spokesman for the provincial governor says this is the third roadside bombing since a brief cease-fire declared by the Taliban for a major Muslim holiday had ended last month. The Taliban have not claimed responsibility for any of those attacks but they did say they carried out one attack on Afghan forces since the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The truce was not officially extended but neither of the warring sides appears to want a return to an all-out fighting.