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    Blast wounds 21 civilians

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The wounded civilians -- most of them shopkeepers -- were taken to a nearby hospital and their health conditions were stated as stable.

    Such attacks are to intimidate people and prevent development initiatives in the area, said Garmser district chief, Muhammad Fahim Gorbati.

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