U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Jaime Adame rushes into the dust out of a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment looking for wounded Marines at a landing zone that was under insurgent attack north of Sangin, in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Sunday, May 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a roadside bomb has hit a public bus in a restive province bordering Kabul, killing at least nine civilians and wounding 22.
Deputy Wardak provincial chief police Gen. Abdul Razaq Quraishi said Monday's explosion took place in the Sayed Abad district.
Wardak is located next to Kabul and is considered a gateway and staging area for militant attacks on the capital.
A spokesman for the governor said the bus was traveling from eastern Ghazni province to the capital.
The deadly attack capped a week of violence around Afghanistan that has seen about 80 people killed, including six Americans and numerous insurgents.
The violence comes as Afghanistan's spring fighting season gets fully underway. Fighting usually abates during the country's harsh winter season.
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