20 people killed in blast in Afghanistan

PTI Kabul | Updated on March 12, 2018

Afghan authorities say a suicide attacker blew himself up in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people, including Ahmad Khan Samangani, a well-known commander in northern Afghanistan who was also a Member of Parliament.

Ghulam Mohammad Khan, criminal director of the provincial police, says more than 20 people were killed in today’s blast in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province.

He says other government officials also were killed in the blast and that more than 40 others were wounded.

Conflict between the Taliban, who are mostly Pashtun, and members of other ethnic groups is nothing new. However, the Afghan government needs minority groups, loosely known as the Northern Alliance, to back his efforts to reconcile with the Taliban.

Published on July 14, 2012

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