Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Dec 31, 2014 8:34 PM by Debbie Cobb

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan police say that at least 26 people have been killed by a rocket that hit a house during a wedding party in the southern province of Helmand.

Police spokesman Fareed Ahmad Obaid says at least 45 people were wounded when the rocket struck late Wednesday night during a firefight between government forces and Taliban insurgents nearby.

Bashir Ahmad Shakir, a provincial council member, said the death toll could be up to 30 with as many as 60 wounded.

Sangin, in a volatile area of the Helmand River valley, has been the scene of fighting between government forces and Taliban militants for the past six months since the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces.


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