Bomb attack kills 13 in Afghanistan

Afghan officials said the attack took place in a village near Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, as farmers were receiving seeds being handed out to persuade Afghans to abandon the poppy crops that produce heroin.

A Nato official said at least 13 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
The bomb was probably a Taliban-style crudely-made improvised explosive device, said the official with Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). “We don’t know the exact cause, but it was likely to be an IED,” he said. ISAF helicopters evacuated 40 people to nearby hospitals.

Bicycle bomb
Afghanistan’s interior ministry said the bomb was attached to a bicycle and detonated by remote control.Helmand province is a volatile vortex of the insurgency that has been blighting Afghanistan for more than eight years, with Taliban working with drug gangs to keep much of the region out of the writ of the Afghan government.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing, blaming the “enemies of Afghanistan” — a euphemism for the Taliban.

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