3 killed, 20 injured
09 October, 2012
LASHKARGAH: Three persons were killed and 20 more injured in a suicide car bombing followed by a bomb blast in Helmand province on Monday.
A suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint of intelligence personnel in the limits of the third police station in Safian area of Lashkargah city, the Helmand police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).
A cop and two intelligence agents were killed while 16 civilians, including two women and an intelligence official, sustained injuries in the attack, he added. The blast also destroyed four police vans and three vehicles of civilians, he added.
Meanwhile, explosives planted in a motorbike went off in the same area, leaving three Afghan civilians injured, Farhang said, adding it did not cause any casualties or losses to security forces.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for these attacks and their spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi told the AIP their fighter, Abdul Wali, rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a combined base of intelligence officials and policemen in Lashkargah. He claimed several Afghan security personnel suffered casualties and six police vans were destroyed in the attack, he added.
Regarding the second explosion, Ahmadi said explosives in a motorcycle went off in the same area when the security forces were trying to reach the spot. Resultantly, 10 police personnel suffered casualties, he added.