Car bomb hits Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah, 15 people killed


Kabul June 22 (TNS): A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said at least 50 people were wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place.

The blast took place around 12 noon local time (08:00GMT), according to Zwak, when civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay.

“Civilians and military are among the wounded,” Zwak said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.

Lashkar Gah is situated just over 550km from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Courtesy Al-Jazeera.


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