A bomb hidden in a cemetery in a southern Afghan city has exploded,
killing a police official and his brother as they were visiting the
grave of a relative, police said.
Seven other family members were wounded in the blast in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it
matched the declared strategy of the Taliban to target government
officials and others who align themselves with the government or
The two men killed in the explosion were brothers of an MP for
Helmand province, Abdulwadood Popal, who was not at the cemetery at the
time of the blast. The family was visiting the grave after morning
prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which ends the month-long Ramadan
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