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    Two killed, 20 injured in Helmand blasts

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): At least two people were killed and around 20 others injured on Sunday in two consecutive explosions in the southern province of Helmand, officials said.

    The first detonation took place at 7:50am and the second at 8:10pm in Lashkargah city, the capital of Helmand province, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hakim Angar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    The first blast occurred in front of Kabul Bank, killing a woman and a child and injuring three others, he said.

    The bomb was detonated by remote control, a police officer in the area, Abdul Haq told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said police had found another bomb in a hand cart and were trying to defuse it.

    The second explosion took place 20 minutes after the first one in the Semti area of the city, as a police vehicle drove past, said an eyewitness, Abdul Wahab.

    No police were injured, but two nearby shopkeepers were wounded, he added.

    A doctor on duty at Bost hospital said on condition of anonymity, that 20 people had been brought in with injuries.

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