Women and children have been killed following a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan.  Ten civilians were killed after an improvised explosive device was detonated in Helmand Province.

A second roadside bomb in the same province killed another person.

According to the UN, 1,145 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year. It says that 80% of the deaths are the fault of the insurgents, with more than half caused by roadside bombs. About 30% of casualties have been women and children.

Last year, a record 3,021 civilians died in the war, the UN has said, most of them victims of roadside bombs.

A massive roadside bomb earlier this month killed at least 18 people, mostly women and children. They were on their way to a wedding in northern Afghanistan.