Afghanistan: Rocket strike on wedding in Helmand kills 28

A rocket fired by the Afghan National Army destroyed a wedding in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing roughly 28, many of them women and children. Afghan General Sultan Mahmoud said that an early investigation has revealed that artillery fire was placed in the direction of the house from both north and south at a distance of 1.8 miles. This took place in Sangin district, which has always been an extremely contentious zone of conflict since the beginning of the war in 2001.

The attack coincided with an address from President Ashraf Ghani where he welcomes the coming year as this will be the first year that the Afghan National Army takes over the war from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), run by NATO. The tribal leader of the town, Sarwankhalain, Malik Taj Mohammad, presented 35 bodies to the provincial governor Mohmmad Naeem, but AFA sources insist that only 28 people were killed in the rocket strike, with roughly 51 wounded.

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