Seven dead, 41 injured from Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Afghan policemen investigate the site of a suicide bomb explosion in Kandahar province. — AP/File

KANDAHAR: A truck bomb set off by a Taliban suicide attacker targeting senior provincial officials killed at least seven civilians and wounded around 40 in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

The bomber detonated his explosives-rigged truck near a complex that houses the governor, the head of the provincial council and the deputy provincial police chief in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar told AFP.

All three survived, but “seven civilian were killed and 41 were wounded in the attack,” he said.

“The attack was targeted at a gathering of senior government officials, civil society members and journalists in a hall for a seminar on human trafficking and kidnapping,” he said…