A suicide attack in a public bathhouse in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and a police commander, officials have said.
More than 20 others were injured in the blast, which occurred on Friday in the town of Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, on the border with Pakistan.
"A suicide bomber blew up explosives strapped to his chest at a public bath in Spin Boldak," General Abdul Razaq, a border police official, said.
Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor, said the target of the attack had been a border police commander who was inside the bathhouse at the time of the attack.
"This brutal and inhumane act was the work of the enemies of Islam and humanity," he said.