Bomb hits Afghan lawmaker's convoy, five dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan lawmaker says a roadside bomb under a bridge has hit his convoy on a major highway north of Kabul, killing five people.

Mr Obaidullah Ramin, a lawmaker from northern Baghlan province, says he does not believe he was intentionally targeted by the explosion early on Tuesday. Police confirmed his account.

He said the main highway leading north out of Kabul is often mined by Taleban insurgents to target official-looking convoys.

Three of Mr Ramin's relatives were among the dead.

Roadside bombs are a favorite Taleban weapon to target government officials as well as both the Afghan and international military forces.

The insurgents have stepped up attacks in recent weeks, seeking to weaken the government and security forces as foreign troops pull back in preparation for the international coalition leaving next year.