17 wedding guests killed in roadside bombing
The civilian casualties occurred at 2.30pm when the van carrying them struck a roadside bomb in Pushtrod district, Governor Akram Khpalwak told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He blamed the “enemies of peace” -- a euphemism that Afghan officials frequently use for the Taliban -- for planting roadside bombs, which often kill ordinary citizens.
Abdur Rahman Zhwandai, the governor’s spokesman, said all dead and injured were wedding guests, who were coming from Khak-i-Safaid district to Pushtrod.
Two days before the Eidul Adha festival, 19 wedding guests were killed in a similar incident in northern Balkh province.
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