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Afghan Wedding Carnage ‘A US Strike’

Today’s New Zealand Tabloid chose instead to go with the ‘Taliban Suicide Bomber’ as the cause of the blast.

And it’s not the first time South West Asian weddings have been bombed from the air by the US military

The deadly attack on a group of civilians at a wedding in southern Afghanistan was a US-led air strike, a Taliban spokesman claims.

The bomb explosion in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province on Wednesday left about 40 people dead and more than 80 others injured, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said on Thursday that Wednesday night’s blast was not an attack by the group, but a US-led strike.

The spokesman also strongly rejected remarks by Kandahar officials that blamed the Taliban for the explosion.

The Afghan interior ministry announced the wedding was targeted by a car bombing carried out by militants, while NATO officials said the Taliban were behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai condemned the Wednesday’s assault, his office said in a statement, ordering an investigation of the incident.

The tragic incident has produced one of the highest death tolls in a single incident in recent months in Afghanistan. Taliban attacks generally cause relatively few casualties, yet the number of incidents caused by US-led forces have resulted in high civilian death tolls.

In September 2009, up to 90 people were killed in a foreign troops’ air strike in northern Afghanistan.

In another attack, a US air strike on a wedding in Kandahar province killed 37 civilians and 26 militants in November 2008.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 in order to eradicate Taliban militants.

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