17 villagers killed in Afghan roadside bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan police say a motorcycle pulling a trailer packed with people hit a roadside bomb in western Afghanistan, killing 17.

Police Lt. Sher Agha said Taliban militants fleeing a patrol of Afghan security forces Tuesday afternoon apparently placed the roadside bomb in an attempt to kill the troops.

Instead, the bomb went off next to the makeshift vehicle carrying 12 women, four children and one man between two villages, killing all of them.