Eight people died after a vehicle plunged into a river in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province on Wednesday, a local government spokesman confirmed, APA reports citing Xinhua.
"The ill-fated van en route from Maimay district to provincial capital Faizabad city skidded off a road and capsized in a river in Reg-e-Rawan locality of Maimay roughly at 8:30 a.m. local time Wednesday," spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari told Xinhua.
Among the victims were women and children and their bodies still missing while four other passengers were rescued by local residents, Nazari said.
"Local police and villagers were searching to find the bodies in the mountainous region. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined," he said.
Road mishaps are frequent in the mountainous Asian country and occur mostly due to poor driving or badly maintained roads and vehicles.