Map of Sangin district, in Helmand province,  Afghanistan
Helmand Province, Afghanistan

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car Saturday night in front of a police center in southern Afghanistan, killing at least six police officers.

The attacker used a military Humvee vehicle and the blast rocked the Gereshk district of the restive Helmand province, Afghan officials told VOA.

“The suicide attacker target was Gereshk’s main bazaar. The attacker wanted to cause a bloody incident, but blew up his explosives right after being identified by police,” Ismael Khpalwak, the Gereshk district police chief, told VOA.

“Six of our police officers were killed and a bridge was partially damaged,” he said.

A Taliban spokesperson said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a tweet, stating “an enemy base” was destroyed and more than a dozen Afghan police officers were killed.
 

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