Police say an explosion outside a dog fight in southern Afghanistan has killed at least three people and wounded 26.

Deputy provincial police chief Kamal Uddin says the explosives-packed motorcycle was parked near a crowd gathered to watch the dog fight on the southern outskirts of Lashar Gah.

Health Department director Dr. Inayat Ullah Ghafari says seven children were among the wounded.

Lashkar Gah is the capital of Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold that is the target of a planned joint offensive by U.S. Marines and Afghan forces. No date has been set for the offensive to start.

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