A auto bombing killed at least 22 people and wounded 50 as they lined up at a bank to collect their pay on Thursday in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials.
The blast took place around 12 noon local time (08:00 GMT), according to the governor’s spokesperson Omar Zwak, when civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay.
In a similar attack in February, at least six people were killed when a Taliban bomber rammed an explosives-laden auto into Afghan soldiers who had queued outside a bank in Lashkar Gah to collect their salaries.
A suicide bomber driving an explosive-packed vehicle targeted the New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah, said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand province. “We came here and then there was the explosion”. “They are enemies of humanity”, Ghani said in a statement.