AT-KABUL: At least eleven people were killed and 21 others received injuries after a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah, the capital city of Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.
“Around 02:30am local time, a suicide car bomber targeted an Afghan National Army vehicle in Lashkargah city,” Provincial Governor Spokesman, Omer Zawak said.
He confirmed that six killed and 21 others wounded in the attack, however, public health officials received more causality.
An official at the emergency-run hospital in Lashkargah, wishing anonymity said that eleven people have been killed and 21 others were received injuries in the explosion. “Children and women are among those killed and wounded in the attack.”
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abdullah Abdullah strongly condemned terrorist attack in the province. “I condemn the suicide attack in Helmand and offer sympathies to the victim families. We honor their pride and sacrifices for peace,” the CEO twitted.
The Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for attack.
It has been for years that tough fight between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents are underway in Helmand province. Recently both sides suffered causalities. 11 Afghan security forces and at least 54 Taliban insurgents were killed during a clash in Garmser district of Helmand province.
The casualties came after the Taliban insurgents carried out a coordinate attack on the district centre and police headquarters.
However, to tame insurgency, the United States would deploy a new task force of around 300 soldiers to the province in the spring in order to help Afghan security forces.
It has been reported that the troops would be deployed by the US Marine to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces.
With no doubt, the deployment of new forces would help the Afghan security forces to nip the evil in the bud.