Kandahar, Helmand blasts kill 6 civilians, 10 police officials

Staff Report

KABUL -- Six civilians and 10 police officials were killed in two separate explosions in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, while a Taliban bomb factory was busted in Takhar province.

At least 14 people - 10 police officials and four civilians - were killed in a suicide car bombing in Lashkargah, the capital city of Helmand Province October 10, Haji Marjan, the police chief of Nad-e-Ali district, confirmed according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

The suicide blast was part of the Taliban's large-scale attack on the security checkpoints in Lashkargah, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

A roadside blast in Arghistan district of Kandahar province late October 10 killed two civilians and wounded five others, governor's spokesman Samim Khpalwak said, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

Separately, an explosion was reported near a seminary in Jalalabad city October 11, but no casualty occurred in the blast, governor's spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed, Khaama Press reported.

Meanwhile, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said October 10 it broke up a Taliban land mine factory in Khwaja Ghar district of Takhar province October 10, seizing 25 anti-personnel and two anti-armored improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three magnetic and three roadside bombs, five 82 mm mortar fuses, three RPG rockets, three mortar rounds, three remote controls, 100 meters of explosives wire, 16kg of explosives, one mobile phone set for land mine detonation, 50 mortar round explosives, 12 military uniforms, one box of Dshk heavy machine gun ammo, and six explosive capsules, according to Khaama Press.

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