Three British soldiers, as well as two civilians were killed and 10 people, including one British soldier wounded as a result of a suicide attack targeting a vehicle convoy of British troops near Helmand police headquarters, Afghan media reported.

Omar Zowak spokesman for Helmand police headquarters confirmed the attack but did not offer any word about casualties.

He said that a suicide attacker detonated his explosive laden car near the provincial police headquarters.

Meanwhile Afghan militants have torched 40 vehicles including oil tankers and transport vehicles,and killed six drivers in Balaboluk District of Farah Province.

The spokesman for governor of Farah Province, Abdorraman Zhwandi, said that a rocket fired from an unknown direction landed among oil tankers and other transport vehicles in the Farah-e Rod area in Balaboluk District late Tuesday and one tanker caught fire as a result.

“The fire spread to other vehicles quickly and 40 big transport vehicles and transport vehicles were burnt. Six drivers were killed and 10 others injured as a result,” Zhwandi told the Afghan Islamic Press.

 The governor’s spokesman said the scene of the incident was a station for big transport vehicles and the transport vehicles were always parked there and this incident occurred yesterday. He gave no other information in this regard.

Hizb-e- Islami Party, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, claimed responsibility. Its spokesman Waliollah said people loyal to them fired two missiles at the Balaboluk District headquarters yesterday and the building of the district headquarters caught fire.

He noted that it caused casualties and material losses but exact details are not available.Forty vehicles burnt, six drivers killed in missile attack in Afghan west.