A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden mini truck near an army base in southern Afghanistan, killing at least eight soldiers and injuring about a dozen others.
A provincial government spokesman confirmed the casualties According to the VOA, an attack took place in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province on Sunday
. The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the bombing. A spokesman for the insurgent claimed that the powerful explosion "killed and wounded" more than 100 Afghan security forces, even though Taliban casualties are often excessive.
Helmand is a large poppy production region, and most districts are controlled or denied by the Taliban [1
Taliban attacks and bombings reportedly killed hundreds of Afghan security forces since the beginning of this month
The Afghan government recently confirmed in a briefing to parliamentarians about worsening national security that 252 security forces were killed in the first week of May and have injured more than 400 others.