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Blast kills 11 on way to Afghan wedding: Officials

ByAFP, Mazar-i-sharif
Nov 04, 2016 10:45 PM IST

A roadside bomb has killed 11 people on their way to a wedding in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials said today, as civilian casualties rise in the war-torn country.

A roadside bomb has killed 11 people on their way to a wedding in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials said today, as civilian casualties rise in the war-torn country.

Debris and wreckage litter the scene as Afghan intelligence personnel inspect the site of a suicide attack along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in Kabul. (AFP Photo)(AFP Photo)
Debris and wreckage litter the scene as Afghan intelligence personnel inspect the site of a suicide attack along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in Kabul. (AFP Photo)(AFP Photo)

The blast occurred yesterday just as 30 Afghan civilians were killed in US air strikes in the neighbouring province of Kunduz, a hotbed of Taliban insurgency.

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No group immediately claimed responsibility for the Faryab 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 same 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.

The UN recently cited a 42 per cent rise in casualties caused by pro-government forces this year compared to 2015.

But Islamist militants were responsible for the majority - 61 per cent - of total casualties.

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