2 dead, 51 injured in Lashkargah suicide attack
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the police station, leaving two persons, including a woman, dead and 51 others wounded in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province on Tuesday morning, an official said.
Brig. Gen. Nabi Jan Mulakhail, provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that “a suicide bomber smashed his car into the back wall of the police station to pave way for two other militants to enter the facility.”
However, their plan was foiled because the facility was well-fortified and the blast could not bring down the wall. He said that police shot dead the other suicide attacker.
Two civilians were and 15 others suffered injuries, Mulakhail noted.
Omar Zwak, governor spokesperson, said the blast left at least 51 persons injured including two policemen who were shifted to two hospitals.
Dozens of children and women were slightly wounded inside their homes. Few pedestrians and shopkeepers close to the area got injured, Khpalwak said, adding a woman was among the dead.
Rehmatullah, an eye witness, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomber smashed his car filled with explosive at the back side of the police station.
The attacker wanted to force his way inside the facility but he could not succeeded because the police station is well fortified, he added.
A medic wishing anonymity in the emergency department in Lashkargah hospital told Pajhwok Afghan News that 40 wounded persons had been shifted to the hospital for treatment. Two policemen were among the injured while the rests were civilians, he added.
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