Two killed and wounded governor of Helmand in two explosions in Afghanistan

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Two explosions occurred during a public ceremony in the southern Afghan city of Lashkargah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security officials and hospital officials said.

The blasts took place during a ceremony in an open stadium attended by about 1,000 people on the occasion of Nowruz, also called Farmers’ Day.

A Reuters witness said the governor of Helmand, Mohammed Yassin Khan, was injured by the blasts before being rushed away from the venue.

Two people were killed and 23 others injured, according to preliminary estimates by hospital officials.

The explosions appeared to have been caused by improvised explosive devices.

The attack comes as part of a series of attacks during days of celebrations marking Nowruz, the start of the new Persian year in the country. The celebrations saw explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing six people and injuring 23 people and the Islamic state organization claimed responsibility for them.

The new Persian year is usually celebrated in Afghanistan, but some hardline Islamists oppose the celebrations and say they are not Islamic.

Helmand is one of the Afghan provinces controlled and controlled by insurgents. Lashkargah is the capital of Helmand province.

Saturday’s attack came a year after a car bomb attack killed at least 14 people who had gathered to pursue a wrestling match in Lashkar Gah.

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