LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The son of an Afghan police official was killed and three policemen injured Wednesday night in a suicide bombing in Laghkar Gah, the provincial capital of southern province of Helmand, the authorities said Thursday morning.
"A militant detonated his explosive jacket at the gate of resident of Abdul Satar Noorzai, commander of 1st Battalion of the Afghan National Police (ANP), in Lashkar Gah at round 9:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, killing his teenage son and injuring three ANP cops," the provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak told Xinhua.
The attacker was killed on the spot. The blast also damaged the house but Noozai was not harmed in the attack, he noted.
Zwak blamed Taliban for the attack in the province, which has been notorious for growing poppy.
The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched annual rebel offensive in April against the Afghan government forces and about 98,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country. They urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants
The militant group has yet to make comments.