11 on way to wedding killed in Afghanistan
A roadside bomb has killed 11 people on their way to a wedding in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials said on Friday, as civilian casualties rise in the war-torn country. The blast occurred on Thursday just as 30 Afghan civilians were killed in US airstrikes in the neighbouring province of Kunduz, a hotbed of Taliban insurgency.
No group claimed responsibility for the blast, which also killed women and children, but officials blamed Taliban militants. “Eleven civilians were martyred and 12 others wounded when they struck a roadside bomb in Kosa Qala village in Faryab province,” provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Bedar told AFP, adding that the victims were heading to a wedding.
A provincial police spokesman confirmed the toll.
Roadside bombs are the favourite weapon of the Islamist militants fighting to oust the Western-backed Kabul government. Insurgents frequently target Afghan police and military, but the surge in attacks has also taken a heavy toll on civilians.