Languages
Page last updated at 07:25 GMT, Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Seven killed by bike bomb near Afghan bus station

Advertisement

Aftermath of Lashkar Gah bicycle bombing

At least seven people have been killed by a bomb left on a bicycle near a bus station in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah, officials say.

A spokesman for the provincial governor of Helmand told the BBC seven people, all civilians, were killed and 14 hurt.

The explosion occurred at 1030 local time (0600GMT).

The blast comes as some 15,000 Nato and Afghan troops are involved in a 10-day old offensive around the town of Marjah - a Taliban stronghold in Helmand.

Reports said Tuesday's blast happened near the traffic department in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

"The blast was caused by explosives attached to a bicycle and was controlled remotely," Dawud Ahmadi, spokesman for Helmand's provincial government, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.



Print Sponsor




FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific