Six dead as Taliban-fired shell hits Afghan wedding: officials

Six dead as Taliban-fired shell hits Afghan wedding: officials


Kabul: A mortar fired by the Taliban held a wedding in a province north of the Afghan capital. At least six people were killed, including women and children.

Officials said there was an incident in Capiza province on Saturday night when a shell aimed at an army checkpoint hit a house where people gathered for a wedding.

“Six civilians were killed and four were wounded when a Taliban terrorist rocket hit a wedding ceremony in Kapisa province,” defence ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said on Twitter.

The dead included women and children, said Kapisa governor s spokesman Shayeq Shoresh, who also blamed the Taliban for the attack.

He said the insurgents had aimed the mortar at an army checkpoint but the round missed the target and hit the wedding ceremony.

The insurgents denied they had fired the shell and instead blamed government forces for firing the mortar.

On Sunday, the interior ministry further accused the Taliban of killing nearly 250 civilians and wounding more than 500 in roadside bomb blasts and other attacks over the past month.

The Taliban deny killing civilians, but roadside bombs planted to target security forces often end up doing just that.

On Saturday, at least four people including two university lecturers were killed and several others were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their bus in the Parwan province, north of Kabul.

Violence has soared in recent weeks as government forces and the Taliban clash in near-daily battles across the rugged countryside.

Even with the surge in violence, the US military continues to withdraw the remaining 2,500 soldiers from Afghanistan.

Last month, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to complete the withdrawal of all troops by September 11, which would end the U.S. attack on Al (Al) on September 11, 2001, which began nearly 20 years ago. Field combat. -base

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