At least two killed in blast at Afghan power plant

Helmand police chief said the two dead and six of the injured were employees of the plant. Two civilian passers-by were also wounded in the blast.

At least two killed in blast at Afghan power plant

At least two people were killed and eight others wounded in a blast triggered by a remote-controlled bomb in southern Afghanistan, police said on Saturday. The explosion took place in a hydro power plant in the Gerishk district of the volatile southern province of Helmand, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussain Andewal told press.

Andewal said the two dead and six of the injured were employees of the plant. Two civilian passers-by were also wounded in the blast.

The explosion was caused by a bomb hidden inside the factory and was detonated by a remote control device, he said, blaming the "Taliban and terrorists" for the attack.

DAMAGED, BUT NOT INTERRUPT THE SUPPLY

Andewal said the explosion damaged some of the plant's machines, but did not interrupt the supply of the electricity.

Helmand province has been a stronghold of Taliban militants who have waged a bloody insurgency to oust the Western-backed Afghan government, six years after their Islamic regime was toppled in a US- led invasion.

Helmand is also the largest opium-producing province in the country. Afghanistan supplies more than 90 per cent of world's heroin.

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