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5 including women killed in Lashkargah suicide attack

5 including women killed in Lashkargah suicide attack

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Aug 23, 2017 - 11:31

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least five people, including women, were killed and 42 others wounded in a suicide bombing in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, on Wednesday.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Ghagfar Safi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place at around 11am. “Afghan soldiers receiving salaries form Kabul Bank were targeted by a suicide attacker.”

The Kabul Bank branch is located inside the Helmand police headquarters. Safi said the Rahmani Mosque was also damaged and a number of seminary students were injured as result of the attack.

An official at the Lashkargah Emergency Hospital, who wished to go unnamed, confirmed receiving 42 wounded people and five bodies from the scene of the bombing. Three women and two ANA soldiers were among the dead.

The source said 20 of the wounded were madrasa students and the rest border policemen and ANA soldiers.

The governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, confirmed five people including three women were killed and 38 others wounded in the attack.

A scholar of the mosque, who wished anonymity, said: “Students were busy in learning lessons when the explosion occurred. Many of them wounded were evacuated to hospital for treatment.”

He said a large part of the mosque was damaged. No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing.

As usual, the attack was claimed by Taliban militants. The group’s spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, told Pajhwok the car suicide attack was carried out by a fighter Nizamuddin, a resident of Musa Kala district of Helmand.

He said 39 soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded in the incident. Nine military tanks and three ranger pick-ups also destroyed in the bombing, he added.

Helmand is one of the most unstable provinces of the country where six of 13 districts are under complete control of Taliban militants.

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