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20 killed as car bomb hits bank in South Afghanistan

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Lashkargah: At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 wounded, (including members of the police and army) after a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkargah, capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but insurgent groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State have in the past targeted banks where police, soldiers and other government employees collect their pay.

Last month, at least three people were killed and many wounded in an attack on a bank in the eastern city of Gardez.

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