At least 26 killed in deadly bomb blast in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah

02:08 PM | 22 Jun, 2017
At least 26 killed in deadly bomb blast in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah
LASHKAR GAH - At least 26 people were killed and dozens injured after a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan on Thursday, international media reported.

Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak said that more than 50 were injured, including police and army officials, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the blast occurred.

The bomb exploded, which upturned the vehicles, at a time when police and army officials were collecting their salaries.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have carried out attacks on banks in the past.

Attacks on Banks

On May 20, five gunmen wearing suicide jackets stormed a bank in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three people and wounding over 30 more.

The assailants forced their way inside after one of them blew themselves up at the entrance of New Kabul Bank in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.

In 2014, an attack on Kabul Bank claimed ten lives, including five policemen, in Lashkar Gah.

Similarly, a Taliban attack on a bank killed around 40 people in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province in 2011.