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11 civilians killed in Helmand blast

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least eleven civilians, including children, were killed in a roadside blast in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.

Muhammad Rasul Zazi, spokesman for 215th Maiwand Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the blast occurred in the Mullah Abbas village of the district.

He also informed that Afghan security forces had took control of the area two days ago from Taliban insurgents and area were contaminated with mines by the insurgents.

Confirming the blast that killed eleven civilians, provincial governor spokesman, Omar Zwak said that Nawa district is not totally in the control of security forces.

According to him, security forces are currently engaged in defusing landmines planted by Taliban insurgents to avoid further casualties.

Nawa was one of the stable district of Helmand province, but the security situation has deteriorated after the Taliban insurgents captured it. At the moment security forces have launched another operation to take full control of the district.



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