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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — At least seven people were killed Wednesday in southern Afghanistan when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck an Afghan National Army convoy, Afghan officials said. It was the first major attack since President Trump announced his strategy for Afghanistan in a speech Monday night.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said that a car bomb exploded at the parking lot of the police headquarters of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The target appeared to be a parked convoy of soldiers, but the explosion killed two women and a child as well as four soldiers. Another 38 people were wounded, most of them civilians, Zwak said. The parking lot was also used by civilians visiting the police headquarters.


“Next to the bombing site we have a mosque in which children are studying religious subjects; they suffered casualties from the powerful bombing,” said Abdul Salam Afghan, a spokesman for the Helmand police. He said he did not know how many students were hurt, but that several were in critical condition.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the attack was carried out by a member of the Battalion of Martyrdom Seekers, which targeted a convoy inside the police headquarters.