Even though detail
s have not been released, officials confirm the attack as well as the death of one civilian with another injured. The attack was along the highway from Kabul to Herat in the west.
US officials had not commented as to why the attack was mounted but the bus was traveling along the same highway as the US convoy. Convoys often view other traffic as possible threats, and sometimes take pre-emptive action after giving warnings. The attack cam
e as the bus came near to the convoy. Local security officials have not commented on the incident as yet.
This is the second instance of US troops killing civilians this week with 11 children killed in an air strike in Kunar province in the east of Afghanistan along the Pakistan border. There were civilians killed in Herat in February in a cross-fire as NATO forces and Taliban fighters clashed.
In a separate incident in Ghor province in the west two Lithuanian NATO troops were injured after an Afghan security force member opened fire on them. The Afghan had asked the NATO members to stop their vehicles. When they refused, an Afghan soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade at one vehicle. The soldier was arrested.
Karzai has complained constantly about civilian deaths caused in US air strikes, and night attacks. Although this was a daylight attack no doubt he will react to this attack as well, particularly if the details show the victim had no connection to the Taliban and was not a threat. The road from Kabul to Herat city is a vital route. As shown in the video, Afghan security forces are being trained by NATO forces in the province.