Scores killed in car bomb in Afghanistan
June 22, Kabul: A car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay, officials said.
“At least 20 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch.” Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
In another attack gunmen opened fire at worshippers during prayers at a mosque in Baraki district on Wednesday night killed two members of the local council. Afghan official says.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied the insurgents were behind the shooting. Sallhe says police are investigating. Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.
The Oslo Times International News Network