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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Afghanistan wedding party attack kills nine

Not the jind of wedding party I want to go to.

Nine people have been killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a wedding party in Afghanistan, officials say.

The gunmen opened fire on a house in Dur Baba district in eastern Nangarhar province where a family was celebrating.

No one has admitted carrying out the attack.

A spokesman for the province said that the cousin of the groom was the chief administrator of the district.

Among the dead were the groom, his father and one of his brothers, district administrator Hamisha Gul told the Associated Press news agency.

He said about 20 men had gathered to celebrate the marriage, which was scheduled for Thursday, when the attack happened.

Mr Gul said the gunmen briefly held one of the men at the party, saying he was an "American spy".

The attckers also set fire to a house and car in the neighbourhood, reports said.

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