Helmand province governor wounded, seven others killed in Afghanistan blast
LASHKAR GAH: Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah, killing 7 people and wounding Governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said.
Blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration at an outdoor stadium that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.
Provincial Governor, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by blasts before he was quickly removed from celebration, according to a witness. The Governor’s condition was unclear.
Seven people were killed and 23 were wounded, according to initial estimates by hospital officials.
Blasts appeared to have been caused by planted explosives.
Attack is one of several to occur during Afghanistan’s multi-day celebrations to mark its traditional new year, beginning with explosions in Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday. Those attacks killed six people and wounded 23 and were claimed by Daesh.
Saturday’s attack came exactly one year after a car bomb killed at least 14 people who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in Lashkar Gah.