Saturday, 12 November 2011

Wedding party killed in Afghan roadside bombing

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned the killing of eight civilians in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan.

A car carrying a bride, a groom and his relatives struck the roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman.
The groom, a woman and a child were among the dead.
The explosion happened in the Alingar district as the family members were returning from a wedding party.
Commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has also condemned the bombing, saying the Taliban do not care about the Afghan people.
He says it was a sad example of the insurgency's absolute lack of respect for civilian life.
The latest attack took place as more than 2,000 tribal, religious and political leaders from across the country prepare to travel to Kabul to attend a traditional meeting, known as a Loya Jirga.
Delegates will discuss plans for a military and strategic pact with the United States.
Last week, Taliban leader Mullah Omar released a statement urging his fighters to reduce civilian casualties and warned of punishments for those who fail to obey his order.

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