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    2 killed in Kandahar-Lashkargah road blast

    LASHKARGAH (PAN) At least two civilians were killed and two others injured when their van hit a land mine on the Kandahar-Lashkargah highway early Sunday morning, officials said.

    Helmand and Kandahar provincial officials offered conflicting accounts of the incident near the border between the two southern provinces.

    Ahmad Zirak, a spokesman for Helmand governor, said the mine explosion occurred in the Malang Kariz region of Maiwand district in Kandahar province. He added that the Helmand governor’s office had sent a team to the scene and determined that it was located on the Kandahar side of the border.

    However, Javed Faisal, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, said the blast took place on the Helmand side of the border.

    Engineer Habibullah, an employee of Lashkargah municipality, said the van passengers had earlier attended his brother’s wedding. He said two people had been killed and two injured in the blast.

    An official at the Emergency Hospital in Lashkargah told Pajhwok Afghan News the bodies of a child and a teenager killed and two women inured in the explosion had been brought to the hospital.