Thursday 25 May 2017

Afghanistan blast leaves at least nine wedding guests dead

The blast occurred in a remote area
The blast occurred in a remote area
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A roadside blast in Afghanistan has killed at least nine civilians on their way to a wedding in the northern Faryab province.

Lawmaker Ahmad Tahyanj says nine people were killed and 11 were injured in the blast, which took place at 2pm on Thursday.

However, Javed Dedar, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says the explosion killed 11 people and wounded 12 others on Thursday, among them women and children.

He said it is unclear if the civilians, who were travelling to a wedding, hit a roadside mine or were targeted by mortar fire. Mr Dedar says the bride was wounded.

Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, of the Faryab provincial council, puts the toll at 10 people killed, nine wounded.

The blast occurred in a remote area, making it difficult to verify details.

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