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11 killed in suicide attack on Helmand post

11 killed in suicide attack on Helmand post

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Oct 01, 2020 - 10:31

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen people have been killed in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.

Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint in Nar-i-Saraj district on Wednesday night.

He said seven security personnel and four civilians were killed and two others wounded in the overnight assault.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack, but local officials accused the Talibaninfo-icon of carrying out the attack.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the attack targeting the security checkpoint in the area.

“The security forces identified the bomber and starting shooting at the truck, but the attacker detonated his explosive,” the MoD statement added.

Meanwhile, a security official told Pajhwok Afghan News that five soldiers and four civilians were killed. Another four troops were wounded in the explosion.

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