At least 27 people died and 80 were injured in a series of attacks Tuesday afternoon in Zaranj, the capital of the southwestern province of Nimruz, Afghanistan, a government spokesman said.
The first in a series of apparent suicide bomb attacks hit a government petrol station, killing and injuring some people, provincial government spokesman Omar Balusch said.
After those victims had been evacuated to the hospital, a second bomb exploded there, causing more injuries and deaths, including some who had been injured in the initial attack, Balusch said.
Two other attackers were shot dead by police after using hand grenades in attacks against various targets. Security forces in the province arrested three other bombers who were planning attacks, Balusch said.
Sporadic gunfire could still be heard inside the city Tuesday evening, Balusch said.
The attacks come one day after police arrested two other would-be attackers in Nimruz.