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Suicide attack kills 5, wounds 38 in S. Afghan Lashkar Gah city

At least five people were killed and 38 others injured after a suicide car bomb struck Lashkar Gah city, the capital of Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial government Omar Zawak said.

"A terrorist riding explosive-laden car blew himself up next to a military convoy at around noon in Lashkar Gah city leaving five people including three security personnel dead and injuring 38 others, almost half of them civilians," Zawak told Xinhua.

Without providing more details, the official added that investigation has been initiated into the case.

Notorious for militancy and growing poppy, Helmand has been regarded as a Taliban hotbed in the southern region of Afghanistan where the insurgent group has been fighting to capture the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

Taliban militants who are in control of some districts in the restive Helmand province are yet to claim responsibility for the deadly suicide car bomb.

[Source: Xinhua, Lashkar Gah, Afg, 23Aug17]

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