13 killed in Afghanistan lorry explosion

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An Afghan official said a lorry has exploded at a construction company compound in the east of the country killing 13 people and wounding about 50.

The lorry was loaded with explosives and detonated late yesterday in the Barmal the district of Paktika province.

Provincial spokesman Mokhlis Afghan said today that the exact causes of the blast were being investigated, but described it as an attack.

All the dead and wounded were labourers and there were no Afghan or foreign forces at the site, he said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the explosion.