- Attack takes place in Helmand Province
- At least four civilians die on the spot
- No foreign casualties reported
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a group of foreign troops in Southern Afghanistan, killing at least four local citizens and injuring more than a dozen on Wednesday, provincial authorities and sources of security forces said.
The incident took place in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, where insurgents often keep security forces busy in confrontations by launching attacks. A provincial official told on condition of anonymity that there were also foreign casualties, but the claim could not be independently verified.
Insurgents appear to have stepped up pressure on coalitions forces as their bases routinely come under attack. On Tuesday, a team of five suicide bombers stormed an Afghan army base in Kapisa Province, killing at least two Afghan soldiers on the spot.