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Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official

AP  |  Kabul 

A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said.

Omar Zwak, for the of province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day in a sports stadium in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Mohammad Khan Nasrat, the of Helmand, was among those killed in the attack, the government said in a statement.

Zwak said 31 other people were wounded in the blasts, including provincial council members and provincial security officials, but he said none were in critical condition.

The Taliban, who effectively control half the country, including large parts of province, claimed the attack. The insurgents have kept up their daily attacks on Afghan security forces and government targets even as they have held several rounds of talks with the in recent months aimed at ending the 17-year war.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, dozens of people protested against a military operation in the northern province while carrying the remains of their loved ones. Photos from the protest showed what appeared to be the bodies of 12 people, including five or six small children.

Police said there were operations in three different areas in over the last three days that killed scores of insurgents.

"We are investigating if any civilians were killed or wounded," he said.

On Friday, two American service members were killed during an operation in province. The said Friday they were engaged in heavy fighting with Afghan and U.S. forces in Kunduz.

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First Published: Sat, March 23 2019. 17:05 IST
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