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Afghanistan blast 'kills 10' in Helmand province

Map of Afghanistan showing Helmand province

Ten people have been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, officials say.

The victims were civilians, killed as a suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army convoy on a bridge, a spokesman for the provincial government said.

Seven people were also injured in the attack in Gereshk district, spokesman Daud Ahmadi told news agencies.

Helmand province is the focus of a major Nato-led offensive against Taliban insurgents.

"An explosion by a three-wheeled motorcycle targeting an Afghan army convoy killed at least 10 civilians in a crowded area of Gereshk district," AFP news agency quoted Mr Ahmadi as saying.

He said the bomb went off at a bridge after the convoy had passed.

The area was reportedly busy with roadside merchants and people celebrating the Nowruz new year festival.

In a separate attack in Khost province, in eastern Afghanistan, police said two civilians were killed and four wounded when a roadside bomb exploded.

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