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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Afghan Bank Attack : 20 people killed in Helmand

The insurgents control swathes of Helmand province, whose capital is Lashkar Gah. In March the crucial district of Sangin fell to the militants after a year-long battle. Musa Qala was captured last year.

At least 20 people were killed and 55 injured in a suicide car bomb attack on a bank branch in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday, officials said.
A spokesperson of Helmand province's Governor told confirmed that the suspected insurgent attack on a Bank of Kabul branch in provincial capital Lashkargah took place around midday. 
Several civilians and security personnel were waiting to enter the building to receive their wages when the attack happened, reports said.
The injured were shifted to a hospital. The number of casualties was likely to rise, said the spokesman. 

Bank buildings have been repeatedly attacked in recent years in Afghanistan as civilians and military personnel receive their monthly salaries from them.

There has been a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks, since the Taliban launched its so-called spring offensive.
On Sunday, five police officers were killed and about 30 people, most of them civilians, injured in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Gardez.
On 31 May a huge bombing in central Kabul killed more than 150 people, the deadliest militant attack in the country since US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.
Earlier that month another New Kabul Bank branch was attacked in Gardez, killing at least three people.
The insurgents control swathes of Helmand province, whose capital is Lashkar Gah.
In March the crucial district of Sangin fell to the militants after a year-long battle. Musa Qala was captured last year.

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