KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A suicide bomb ripped through a wedding party in full swing in the Taliban's heartland in southern Afghanistan, killing 40 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday.
The blast occurred late Wednesday in a housing compound where men had gathered during the festivities, with female guests at a different house that was not hit, one witness said. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said children were among the dead and wounded.
The family that was attacked included a number of Afghan police officers. The groom's brother and two of his cousins were in the police force, according to another cousin, Mohammad Alkozay. The groom survived the attack, but was injured.
Bashary said the explosion hit the wedding party about 9 p.m., and that it was a suicide attack. He said 40 people were killed and 74 were wounded in the blast.