Afghanistan: Car bomb near stadium kills 12, says official

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Afghanistan: Car bomb near stadium kills 12, says official

At least 14 people were killed and more than 40 injured in a auto bomb blast at Lashkargah city in Afghanistan on Friday.

"The bomber wanted to go inside the stadium but he was identified by the police and he detonated himself".

A blast rocked a city in Afghanistan's restive south on Friday (March 23), killing and wounding dozens of people as they left a wrestling match, officials said, in the latest attack in the country.

Two killed, 20 wounded in vehicle bomb explosion in Lashkargah City, provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zwak says.

Afghan officials often give conflicting figures in the wake of attacks.

Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a major trauma hospital in the city, said 35 wounded had been brought in as well as four who were dead on arrival.

On Wednesday a suicide vehicle bomb attack killed 31 people at Nowruz New Year celebrations in Kabul.

Witnesses said the wrestling match had been held as part of celebrations for Nawrooz, the Persian new year holiday that some fundamentalist Muslims consider un-Islamic.

Helmand is heavily dominated by the Taliban, and there are no known Islamic State operations in the area.

The victims were all civilians, according to Helmand provincial spokesman Omar Zwak.

There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the explosion.

Taliban and IS militants have ramped up attacks across the country in recent weeks even before the official start of the spring fighting season.

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