07/12/2011 12:35 GMT

Afghanistan Bombing Kills 19 Including Women And Children

At least 19 people have been killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, local officials have said.

Mohammad Ismail, the security commander of Helmand province, said the death toll included 12 women and children.

"Nineteen people, including seven women and five children, have been killed in today's IED attack," he said.

Yesterday 58 people were killed in two bomb attacks apparently targeting Shia Muslims in Afghanistan.

In the capital Kabul a suicide bomber in an explosive vest attacked the Abul Fazl shrine as it was filled with worshippers at midday local time. At least 55 people were killed and 134 wounded, including women and children.

Police said that a second blast in the capital was foiled by officers.

However a separate blast in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif killed another four people when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near a mosque. Seven people were wounded, police said.

A third bomb, again at midday, exploded in the southern city of Kanadahar but did not hurt anyone a spokesperson for the province said.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai canceled a planned visit to London in order to return home following Tuesday's attacks.