22 killed in attack on Baghlan wedding ceremony
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 22 people, including two children, were killed and nine others wounded in a family feud in Deh Salah district in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Monday.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabbar Purdali, police chief, said the bloody clash happened overnight when armed men opened a volley of gunfire on a wedding party, killing 20 people and wounding nine others.
A delegation consists of senior officials had been sent for investigation, he added. Police have reached the scene to deal with the situation.
Irfan, a wedding guest, said 24 people had been killed and 12 others wounded, including a brother of the police chief for Dehna Ghuri district. The battle erupted during the music programme. All victims were civilians, he added.
Salman, an eyewitness, said: “Scores of gunmen arrived at the wedding party and everyone opened fire. Twenty people including two minors were injured, three of them critically. The firing led to a gunbattle at 8:00pm.
Dr. Nazir, a worker at Deh Salah district clinic, said four wounded persons were brought to the hospital. But Baghlan Civil Hospital spokesman Dr. Shah Mohammad Hofia said 22 people including two children were killed in the incident.
He said that six injured persons were shifted to Baghlan Civil Hospital while the two critically injured were referred to Kunduz hospital.
Deh Salah district is one of the central districts in Baghlan and Shah Shan village is around an hour drive from the district center.
Gunmen who had illegal weapons killed three brothers’ ages between 25 and 37 because of old family disputes some two weeks back in Aandrab area of Banu district.
Shah Jehan, member of Aandrab provincial council, blamed Afghan Local Policemen commanders for inflicting casualties on civilians.
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