Islamabad, Aug 1: Thirteen people, including 12 policemen and a child, were killed on Sunday after a suicide car bomber struck outside the police headquarters in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah.
The Taliban has taken responsibility for the blast, the Daily Times reports.
The city, the capital of Helmand province, was attacked days after British forces started handing over security duties to Afghan forces as part of a process that would eventually lead all foreign combat troops to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Some experts question the ability of Afghan soldiers and police to protect their country against attacks from the Taliban, and other insurgents.
After confirming the death toll, the interior ministry said that it is determined to mar any plan to prevent the police from battling the Taliban.
“Twelve Afghan National Police members and a child were martyred and 12 other Afghan National Police members were wounded (along with) two civilians,” it said in a statement.
“The Ministry of Interior strongly condemns the insurgents behind this un-Islamic and inhumane action and such attacks will never weaken the determination of Afghan National Police,” it added.
The blast took place at around 8:30 am (local time) in front of the heavily-secured police headquarters as Afghan police left to go on a patrol, a statement from the governor’s office said. (ANI)