Five Killed, Dozens Wounded In Helmand Bombing

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a suicide attack near the main police headquarters in Lashkar Gah capital of Helmand province

Five people have been killed and at least 38 others wounded in a suicide bombing in the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials and medics say.

Two women and a girl are also believed to have been amongst the dead.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility of the attack in a text message sent to journalists.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place near the provincial police commandment after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives.

Ismail Jan, whose shop was damaged by the blast, said the explosion happened when a white auto rammed into a convoy of six armoured military vehicles as they passed through a checkpoint inside the auto park. Another 38 people were wounded, majority civilians, Zwak said.

Map locating Lashkar Gah Afghanistan where a Taliban suicide attack killed several people on Wednesday
Five Killed, Dozens Wounded In Helmand Bombing

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's new strategy in Afghanistan, saying he would prolong the military intervention in the Asian country and rejected what he called "arbitrary timetables" for the withdrawal of US troops.

Since it launched an annual spring offensive in late April, the Taliban has been mounting lethal assaults on the Afghan army and police outposts in Helmand.

Following Trump's announcement, the Taliban vowed to make Afghanistan a "graveyard" for United States forces.

Last month, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) backed by the US airpower managed to reclaim restive Nawa district in Helmand after over a year when the Taliban overrun it.



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