Conflicts & War

7 killed in Taliban mortar fire on wedding in northern Afghanistan

Kabul, May 30 (EFE).- At least seven people were killed and four were wounded after a mortar shell fired by Taliban militants struck a wedding party at a house in northern Kapisa province, Afghan officials said.

The attack took place Saturday at night around 7:30pm in the insecure Anarjoy district of Tagab.

“In the wedding party, unfortunately seven of the guests were martyred and four were injured,” Shayaq Shorash, spokesman for Kapisa police told Efe. Most of the victims are children of the villagers who had gathered for the wedding, he added.

Shorash said that the incident comes amid ongoing clashes between security forces and the Taliban in a nearby village.

“During the fighting, Taliban fired a mortar toward a security check post of the army on a hilltop but the mortar passed over the check post and landed behind the hilltop on a house where the wedding party was underway with guests gathered from the village,” he said.

The injured persons from the incident were evacuated by police to hospital and are under treatment, most of them in stable health condition.

But Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the claim and blamed security forces for the mortar attack. “Stooge enemy soldiers fired mortars on the wedding party, in which seven civilians were martyred and three more were injured,” he said.

Militant violence has stepped up since the official withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country began on May 1, which is scheduled to be completed before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks that triggered the invasion of Afghanistan.

In the last 24 hours, fighting has been reported in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, according to the Ministry of Defense, in which at least 128 Taliban were killed and 70 wounded. EFE

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