Lashkar Gah: A suicide car
bomb exploded near a bank, killing at least four people and
wounding 22 others on Saturday in Lashkar Gah, the capital of south
Afghanistan`s volatile Helmand province.
At least one child was known to have died in the blast,
police said, adding that policemen and soldiers were among the
wounded after the bomber struck as dozens queued to receive
their salaries ahead of a religious festival.
No-one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack,
although the Taliban have carried out similar attacks in the
past targeting government employees collecting their pay.
"So far, we have information that four people have been
killed and 22 others injured in the suicide blast," said
Ismail Khan, an official at the city`s police headquarters.
"Among the injured are 10 soldiers and four policemen.
The rest are civilians -- one seven-year-old girl and three
more young people have been killed," he said.
Deputy police chief Kamaluddin Sherzad said: "The blast
took place near Kabul Bank and the telecommunications office
some 50 metres from the governor`s office."
He added that many police and soldiers had gathered at
Kabul Bank to collect their salaries ahead of the Eid festival
that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, although it
was not clear exactly what the bomber was targeting.
Control of security in Lashkar Gah passed from foreign to
Afghan forces in July as part of the first wave of a
transition process which is due to see all foreign combat
forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.