Afghan of­fi­cial: Sui­cide car blast kills 14 in Hel­mand prov­ince

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KAN­DA­HAR, Afghanistan — A sui­cide car bomb­ing killed 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 10 Afghan po­lice of­fi­cers, as the Tal­iban launched a large-scale at­tack Mon­day on the cap­i­tal in south­ern Hel­mand prov­ince, the heart­land of the in­sur­gency.

Gov­ern­ment f or­ces pushed them out of the city of Lashkar Gar af­ter sev­eral hours, and of­fi­cials de­clared the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol, but by then some pan­icked res­i­dents had fled the be­lea­guered city.

Since the be­gin­ning of this year’s fight­ing sea­son, the Tal­iban have ex­panded their foot­print across most of the prov­ince and have been at the gates of Lashkar Gah for weeks.

Hel­mand is strate­gi­cally im­por­tant for the Tal­iban as it’s the main source of the coun­try’s opium out­put, worth an es­ti­mated $4 bil­lion a year.

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