Afghan cemetery bomb kills two

A bomb hidden in a cemetery in a southern Afghan city has exploded, killing a police official and his brother as they were visiting the grave of a relative, police said.

Seven other family members were wounded in the blast in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it matched the declared strategy of the Taliban to target government officials and others who align themselves with the government or international forces.

The two men killed in the explosion were brothers of an MP for Helmand province, Abdulwadood Popal, who was not at the cemetery at the time of the blast. The family was visiting the grave after morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which ends the month-long Ramadan fast.