Seven killed in Helmand blast amid Afghan forces offensive




 
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March 18th, 2015  
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Seven people were killed and 20 wounded on Wednesday when a truck exploded outside the governor's compound in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, officials said, amid a major operation by Afghan forces to clear Taliban fighters. The explosives had been loaded onto a small truck that was parked outside the compound in Lashkar Gah, Helmand's capital, said Farid Ahmad Obaidi, a spokesman for Helmand's police chief. Afghan security forces launched Operation Zulfiqar in mid-February to clear the province of Taliban fighters, just weeks ahead of the first fighting season that Afghan forces will face alone after most foreign troops withdrew in December.

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