At least 5 killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand suicide attack

  • Suicide attacker exploded a car near police headquarters
  • Soldier, policemen who gathered to collect their pay were targeted in blast

KABUL – At least five people were killed and 42 others injured on Wednesday after a car bomb exploded near a police headquarters in Southern Afghanistan, international media reported.

As per initial details, the explosive-filled car was driven by a suicide attacker who hit a crowd of policemen and soldiers gathered to collect their salaries in Lashkar Gah, capital city of Helmand province.

According to international media, two women, two soldiers, and a child were succumbed to their injures on the spot in the blast. Around 40 persons have been shifted to hospital for medical treatment and some of them are reportedly in critical condition.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility of the attack in a text message sent to journalists. “We targeted army tanks, killing dozens,” Dawn news quoted the message.

The blast occurred soon after US President Donald Trump ruled out withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, besides clearing way for deployment of more troops in the war-torn country.

In June, militants carried out a same kind of strategy by attacking security forces gathered to collect their pay at a bank in Lashkar Gah.