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2 killed, 51 injured in suicide car bombing in Helmand

AT-KABUL: A suicide bomber on Tuesday morning detonated his explosives-packed vehicle near the provincial police headquarters of southwestern Helmand province, leaving two people dead and 51, mostly civilians, injured.

The bomber hit boundary wall of the police headquarters and jolt the city that left at least two civilians dead and 51 civilians injured, provincial police chief, Nabi Jan Mullah Khil said.

After the blast, two other suicide bombers tried to attack the building. However, police gunned down one of the bombers while the other one detonated his explosives-packed vest.

Helmand remained as one of the restive regions with Taliban presence in at least two districts of this province. The province is witnessing clashes between security forces and Taliban on daily basis. The militant group is trying hard to have influence on poppy cultivated areas, a main source of income for the terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

Taliban suffered heavy casualties and lost several regions last winter in first ever largest operation of Afghan military, codenamed Zulfaqar that lasted two months, in which militants were ousted from several parts of Sangin and other surrounding districts.

The militants, who have been losing grounds in southern and eastern Afghanistan against security forces this year tactically, shifted the war to northern Afghanistan.

Now Taliban are trying hard to regain control of more areas in Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces.

In the past two months, Taliban captured three districts in Kunduz and Badakhshan. Two of them were recaptured back by government, but Kunduz’s Dashti Archi district was still under the Taliban control.

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