Helmand blast toll goes up to 6
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A powerful suicide bombing rocked the capital city of southern Helmand province on Saturday, killing six civilians and wounding several others, an official said.
The explosion in Lashkargah occurred 50 metres from the governor’s compound next to the buildings of Kabul Bank and the telecommunications department. The bomber struck at 11.30am when government servants were waiting to draw salaries.
Daud Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News six civilians -- mostly local shopkeepers -- were killed in the car bombing. Another 19 people, including 15 security officials, were wounded, he added.
Giving a witness account, Fazlullah said the massive blast was heard in areas several kilometres from the provincial capital. Windowpanes in buildings, including the press club, were shattered. Pieces of human flesh and blood were seen all around, he said.
Doctors at Bost and Emergency Hospital confirmed receiving the injured. Most of them are reported to be in stable condition.
The explosion resulted from a suicide attack, said a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who added it was a car bombing that inflicted heavy casualties on government servants.
About 500 kilograms of explosives were used in the explosion, the militant spokesman said.
Elsewhere in the south, a heavy explosion happened near the first police district in Kandahar City. One eyewitness the apparent suicide blast was carried out on the police station.
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