Rocket Kills 26 at Wedding Party: Afghan Police

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Rocket Kills 26 at Wedding Party: Afghan Police

Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force soldiers stand during the change of mission ceremony in Kabul. (Reuters Photo)

Kabul:  Afghan police say that at least 26 people have been killed by a rocket that hit a house during a wedding party in the southern province of Helmand.

Police spokesman Fareed Ahmad Obaid says at least 45 people were wounded when the rocket struck late Wednesday night during a firefight between government forces and Taliban insurgents nearby.

Bashir Ahmad Shakir, a provincial council member, said the death toll could be up to 30 with as many as 60 wounded.

Sangin, in a volatile area of the Helmand River valley, has been the scene of fighting between government forces and Taliban militants for the past six months since the withdrawal of US-led international forces.

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