At least four people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province.
Officials say at least another 21 people were wounded.
A deputy police chief for Helmand, Kamal-u-Din Sherzai, said the bomber detonated the vehicle at the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, as soldiers and police officers were collecting their salaries.
A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, claimed the group was responsible for the attack.
The Taliban and other militants have frequently targeted government employees during their 10-year insurgency.
compiled from agency reports