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At least 13 killed, several injured in suicide attack in Afghanistan's Helmand province

A woman and a child run after being rescued from the site of a suicide attack followed by a clash between Afghan forces and insurgents after an attack on a mosque in Kabul last week. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Helmand, Afghanistan Aug 28, 2017, 01.53 AM (IST)

A car bomb attack in a market in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand killed at least 13 people late on Sunday evening.

The attack was targeted at a convoy of Afghan soldiers in the market area in Nawa district of Helmand. The suicide attack led the death of security personnel and civilians.

AFP reported at least fifteen bodies were brought to the hospital with over thirty injured in admitted in various hospitals.  

The attack comes just days after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Kabul, just days after US President Donald Trump promised to step up military intervention in  Afghanistan.

"A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled car as the Afghan National Army convoy passed a small market in Nawa District of Helmand," Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told AFP.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack even though news agency AFP reported the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a WhatsApp message sent to journalists.

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