Insurgents shoot dead nine wedding guests in Afghan east

By REUTERS
June 9, 2011 10:30

JALALABAD - Insurgents shot dead nine wedding guests and wounded five more in Afghanistan's turbulent east, local officials said on Thursday, the latest attack on revelers who engage in what militants say is un-Islamic activity.

Ahmadzia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said the guests were shot dead in their sleep late on Wednesday after the wedding party in the Dur Baba district on the border with Pakistan.

The groom, his father and cousins were amongst the dead, district chief Haji Hamesha Gul said, adding that some were also his own relatives.

They were sleeping outside, common amongst Afghans in the hot summer months, when the gunmen opened fire, he added. No one claimed immediate responsibility.


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