Suicide Attack Kills 40 at Afghan Wedding Party

Taliban blamed for Kandahar blast
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 3:46 AM CDT
Men stand around the coffins containing blast victims outside a hospital in Kandahar today.   (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
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(Newser) – Officials in Kandahar say they have no doubt that the Taliban was behind a suicide attack that killed at least 40 people at a wedding party last night. Dozens more were injured, although the bride and groom survived. The groom's brother and two of his cousins were police officers, and many other guests are believed to have links to Afghan security forces and anti-Taliban militias, AP reports.

Kandahar's governor rejected the Taliban's claim that they had nothing to do with the attack. "The Taliban are doing two things at once," he said. "On one side they target people who are in favor of the government, then at the same time they don't want people to know their real face."

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