Suicide attack at New Kabul Bank in Afghanistan’s Helmand

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Afghan security forces surround the Kabul Bank building after an attack by Taliban insurgents in Helmand province, December 17, 2014. Suspected Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb then stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Wednesday, engaging in a firefight with security forces while an unknown number of civilians were inside, police said . REUTERS/Abdul Malik (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS CRIME LAW)
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Militants launched a suicide attack on New Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargh, the capital of Helmand province on Thursday. The intense fighting is going on between the security forces and militants. At least 20 people were killed and 50 were injured in this suicide attack says Afghan Police Chief.

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The attack took place at about 12 noon local time after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance of the bank making way for other insurgents. Tolo News reports that a number of attackers managed to gain entry into the Kabul Bank building. No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The Helmand province campaign was a series of military operations conducted by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. US soldiers from the Marine Corps have returned to Taliban stronghold of Afghanistan’s Helmand province in April 2017 nearly three years after the U.S.-led NATO forces ended the combat mission in the country.