Authorities in Afghanistan said on Thursday they had thwarted a suicide bombing southern Helmand province.
The would-be attacker was identified as Sayed Nabi who was encouraged by Taliban commander Abbas to carry out a suicide bombing in one of the busiest places in the provincial capital city, Lashkargah, the country’s intelligence agency said.
The culprit confessed that he received suicide attack training in a madrassa across the Durand Line, the presumed border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
Most of Helmand areas are either controlled or contested by the Taliban amid growing insurgency in recent years.
On February 11, a suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in its capital Lashkargah.
Afghan forces kill 63 militants in operations
Meanwhile, Afghan defense ministry Thursday said that 63 insurgents were killed in operations in the country over the past 24 hours.
Twenty more militants were injured in the operations which happened in the provinces of Nangrahar, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Logar, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Herat, Baghlan, Jowzjan, Faryab and Helmand, the ministry said in a statement.
Twenty improvised explosive devices were also discovered and defused in the operations, according to the statement.