Death toll of Afghan wedding party exceeds 40

15:35, June 10, 2010      

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A rocket lands near the venue of the National Consultative Peace Jirga in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, June 2, 2010. The National Consultative Peace Jirga opened Wednesday morning to discuss the ways and means on how to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan. (Xinhua file photo/Hamid)The death toll of the explosion that targeted a wedding party in Taliban birthplace Kandahar, south of Afghanistan has exceeded 40, including women and children, a press release of the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

"Preliminary information indicates that 40 innocent civilians were killed and 74 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack that rocked Arghandab district of Kandahar province on Wednesday night," the press release added.

The press release said that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a wedding party last night, killing and injuring 114 innocent civilians, adding an investigating team has been sent to investigate the tragic incident, which occurred at 09:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

The Interior Ministry blamed enemies of Afghanistan, a term used against Taliban militants, for the incident.

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