13 killed in Taliban suicide bomb attack on Afghan forces



At least 13 people were killed and several others injured in a suicide car bomb attack in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan on late Sunday, according to an official.

"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 news agency.

He added that civilians and forces personnel were among the dead.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bodies of 15 victims had been brought to the hospital, and another 19 injured were also admitted, AFP reported citing an anonymous source working at a nearby hospital.

The deadly assault came days after a Taliban suicide bomber killed five civilians and wounded dozens of others, mainly children, when he detonated a car filled with explosives at a police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, Helmand's capital.

That attack was the insurgents' first major one since US President Donald Trump announced he was committing American troops to Afghanistan indefinitely.