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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect damaged army vehicles after a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Afghanistan August 23, 2017. – Reuters

Kabul- A suicide bomber targeting Afghan policemen and soldiers collecting their pay killed at least seven people and wounded more than 40 on Wednesday, officials said.

The suicide attacker with a car bomb struck in Lashkar Gah, capital of the southern province of Helmand, provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safai said, Reuters reported.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand’s governor, put the toll at seven dead as Taliban claimed responsibility.

Two women, two soldiers and a child were killed in the blast, a doctor at a nearby hospital said.

Militants had previously attacked security forces gathered to collect their pay at a bank in Lashkar Gah in June, which prompted officials to move a bank branch into the city’s police headquarters to improve security.