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Blast wounds 21 civilians

Blast wounds 21 civilians

Jul 12, 2010 - 18:53

<!--break--><p>LASHKARGAH (PAN): A remote-controlled bomb was set off in a crowded bazaar in southern Helmand province, wounding at least 21 civilians, officials said on Monday.<p>The device fitted to a motorcycle was detonated Sunday evening in the main bazaar of the Garmser district, Helmand governor's spokesman, Muhammad Daud Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>The exact target of the attack was not clear, he added. Neither government officials nor foreign or Afghan troops were in the area when the blast occurred.</p><p>The wounded civilians -- most of them shopkeepers -- were taken to a nearby hospital and their health conditions were stated as stable.</p><p>Such attacks are to intimidate people and prevent development initiatives in the area, said Garmser district chief, Muhammad Fahim Gorbati.</p><p>myn/ln</p>

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