Twenty-one people killed at Afghanistan wedding

Twenty-one people were killed at the wedding. FILE PHOTO
Twenty-one people were killed at the wedding. FILE PHOTO

A wedding in Afghanistan turned deadly on Sunday night when 21 people were killed in a gunfight.

Two armed groups got into a dispute at the wedding in the northeastern province of Baghlan, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

The dueling groups fired on each other, Sediqqi said. But the bullets also killed guests who were not involved in the fight.

Two teenage boys were among the 21 killed, he said, and eight other people were wounded.

The cause of the dispute wasn't immediately clear.

Sediqqi said the Interior Ministry has ordered police in Baghlan to search for those involved.

The clashes erupted late yesterday in Deh Salah district in Baghlan, a once-tranquil province that has recently been plagued by growing insecurity as the

Taliban insurgency spreads north from its southern and eastern strongholds.

“As a result of the clashes, 20 people were killed and 10 others were wounded,” provincial police spokesman Jawed Basharat told AFP.

District police chief Gulistan Qusani said the armed men traded verbal barbs before the gunfight broke out.

“A local security official fired in the air after the verbal exchange heated up… and then both sides started trading fire,” Qusani told AFP, giving a higher death toll of 21.

He added that the victims were all male guests at the wedding aged between 14 and 60.