Kabul explosion of a car in front of the bank on Thursday in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, killing at least 29 people exploded waiting to collect their monthly salary, said the governor of the province.
Taliban said responsibility for the attack to increase violence in recent months.
In a message sent to the media Yusuf Qari Mohammad, a Taliban spokesman said the attack was directed to members of the Afghan security forces who came to the bank to pay his salary.
The authorities said the bomb car was detonated in the parking lot of New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, where they met dozens of people, both civilians and security personnel.
The weekend marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and expanded in some days of celebration. Month, usually a time of prayer and reflection, concerned about a series of bloody attacks across the country that seek hundreds of human lives.
Hayatullah Hayat, the governor of Helmand, said by telephone that most of the dead were civilians. He said at least 60 people were injured.
The soldiers, the bank guards fired with guns in the air in apparent panic, prompting flawed reports that armed men attacked the building.
Taliban fighters have previously attacked banks in Helmand and the eastern city of Jalalabad
Television pictures showed destroyed vehicles closed scene and body parts distributed around the parking lot.
A spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, Shah Hussain Murtazawi, and the Taliban said after “defeat on the battlefield now focused on the civilian population face to face”.
Helmand, an opium production center, has been fighting fiercely for years against the Taliban, including British troops, US Navy and Afghan forces.
For a long time, it has been considered the most affluent province of Afghanistan, and hundreds of mariners have died in fighting between 2008 and 2014 when it has withdrawn as part of the US military’s downsizing.
In recent years, the Taliban have captured a revival in the province, which began large-scale landscaping in 2016th
Several hundred US Marines have recently returned after Helmand’s return to strengthened government forces and US troops have carried out air strikes. The defense ministry has completed plans to send more troops to Afghanistan to boost 8400 now in the country.
Capital Helmand, Lashkar gah, was repeatedly attacked by the Taliban forces.