Afghanistan wedding party ends in massacre

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Afghanistan wedding party ends in massacre

At least 22 people are reported dead after armed men opened fire at a wedding ceremony in northern Afghanistan.

They opened fire on everybody

It happened at Deh Salah district in Baghlan province where insurgent activity has increased over the past year.

Violence has risen sharply in most parts of Afghanistan, after US-led forces formally ended their combat mission at the end of 2014.

But while the cause of this attack is not yet clear, testimony from injured guests indicates the Taliban was not responsible.

“I was at the wedding party. There were dozens of armed men,” said guest Mansoor Khan from his hospital bed.

“The two rival groups of gunmen at the party started arguing with each other. Then the firing started. They opened fire on everybody.”

There is some suggestion the dispute may have been over a
boy brought to the wedding reception in an illegal custom in which male youngsters are made to dance and are sexually assaulted.

The boy himself is said to have been one of those shot dead.