Twelve Afghan police and a child killed in suicide attack
Twelve police officers and a child were killed Sunday when a suicide car bomber struck outside police headquarters in the southern Afghanistan town of Lashkar Gah, officials said. An attack Saturday claimed the lives of 10 security guards in Ghazni province.
Security in the city, the capital of Helmand province, recently passed from British to Afghan forces as part of the rundown of foreign combat troops in Afghanistan.
The interior ministry confirmed the death, adding that 12 police and two civilians were wounded.
The blast happened at around 8:30 am local time as police left their headquarters to go on a patrol, a statement from the governor's office said.
In a statement on their website, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Saturday 10 Afghan security guards were killed in an hour-long attack on a convoy carrying supplies to international troops, in the central province of Ghazni.
A Taliban statement also claimed responsibility for that attack.
The Helmand attack follows a spate of assassinations in the south of the country in recent weeks. The most high-profile victim was President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, in neighbouring Kandahar province.