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Twelve Afghan police and a child killed in suicide attack

Reuters/Abdul Malik Watanyar

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.

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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.

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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.

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