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Bomb Outside Afghan Intelligence Office Kills 2, Injures 15 Others


Police say a car bomb has killed at least two Afghan intelligence officers and wounded 15 other people in the south of the country.

Helmand Province police spokesman Fareed Ahmed said the explosives had been hidden in a vehicle parked outside an office of the National Directorate of Security in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

Ahmed said the bomb went off after noon on October 8, killing the two intelligence officers and wounding another, in addition to 14 civilians, including women and children.

Officials said the civilians lived in a house next door to the intelligence agency office.

It was not clear whether the explosives were remotely detonated or fixed to a timer.

Helmand, considered a Taliban stronghold, was the site of major NATO and Afghan military operations in 2009 and 2010.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP