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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to sources, as cited by the Xinhua news outlet, the bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber.

    Eight servicemen were killed in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, media reported, citing local sources.

    Afghanistan's Tolo News outlet reported that the explosion took place next to a security checkpoint near the Nad Ali district.

    Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that 52 soldiers were killed and several others sustained injuries as a result. It also said that clashes ensued after the blast.

    The Afghan government has been engaged in a vicious struggle with the Taliban movement for almost two decades. The conflict-stricken country continues to serve as a breeding ground for various insurgent and militant groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and Daesh* terrorist organisation.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) and al-Qaeda are terrorist groups banned in Russia

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