Two killed in Afghan wedding shooting

Unknown gunmen opened fire at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan overnight, killing at least two guests.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2011, 12:35 PM IST

Mazar-I-Sharif: Unknown gunmen opened fire at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan overnight, killing at least two guests and wounding seven others, an official said on Sunday.

Police have launched an investigation to find out who attacked the ceremony in Baghlani Jadid district in the northern province of Baghlan, an area where the Taliban and other insurgents are known to be active, the official said.

"There was a wedding party last night in Baghlani Jadid district. Some unknown people entered and opened fire on people," Mohmood Haqmal, a spokesman for the provincial administration, said.

"Two people have died and seven others are injured," he added.

It was not known who was behind the shooting but similar attacks have in the past been blamed on Taliban and other Islamist militants who oppose music at weddings.

The Taliban, who were in power between 1994 and 2001, banned music and all sorts of entertainment as un-Islamic.

The Taliban were ousted from the power in late 2001 in a US-led invasion that followed the al Qaeda attacks on US cities on September 11 that year.

Bureau Report