Suicide bombing kills 17 in Afghanistan

At least 47 others were injured when a suicide bomber carrying explosives blew himself up in Lashkar Gah.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:43 IST

A suicidebomber ripped through a crowded market in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 17 people and wounding 47, a hospital official said.

The suicide bomber carrying explosives walked into the market opposite a police station in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand province, and blew himself up, said Ghulam Muheddin, the provincial governor's spokesman.

Hanif Khan, a local hospital official, said the blast killed 17 persons and wounded 47, six critically.

Among the dead were the owner of the market, a former Lashkar Gah police chief; his son; and a nephew, said Hayatullah Khan, a security guard at the scene.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 15:59 IST