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Suicide bomber kills Helmand province in Afghanistan



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

659003] Afghan officials said that the deadly blast took place on Sunday in an area recently cleared of government control by the insurgents

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.


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