KABUL: A suicide bomber targeted a police convoy in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Monday, killing two people, a policeman and a civilian, a local official said.
The attack took place in the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor.
He said the explosion also wounded 15 people — eight policemen and seven civilians.
The police convoy was en route to the district of Sangin for an operation there, he added.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban frequently use roadside bombs and suicide attacks against Afghan and Nato forces and government offices in the country.
Last month, hundreds of Taliban insurgents attacked several Afghan security checkpoints in Sangin district.
After a week of intensive battles, more than 100 people were killed and dozens were displaced from their homes.
The government subsequently deployed nearly 2,000 reinforcements there. In southern Uruzgan province, four Afghan policemen were shot to death overnight at a checkpoint in Shahid Asass district, said Dost Mohammad Nayuib, spokesman for the Uruzgan governor.
The attackers were two other policemen from the same unit who fled the scene, said Nayuib.
Another policeman was wounded in the attack, he added.
It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack, which could be the latest incident of insider attacks in which Afghan security turn on their colleagues or Nato partners.