Two separate traffic accidents claim 16 lives in western Afghanistan
Two separate traffic accidents claimed the lives of 16 Afghans in the country's western province of Herat on Thursday, local media report.
The first incident occurred early in the morning in the district of Adraskan, when two buses collided along a highway linking Herat to Kandahar province in the south.
At least 11 people, including three women, died in the accident, with six reported injured, according to governor spokesman Jelani Farhad.
Those who were injured were transferred to Herat's regional hospital, where the condition of some of the group has been described by one health official as critical.
In the second incident, five people died and four were injured after a passenger vehicle crashed hit an oil tanker as the two vehicles drove along the Herat-Islam Qala highway, which leads into neighbouring Iran.