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Groom and 8 guests murdered on wedding day

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Villagers offer prayers near covered bodies during the funeral ceremony for those killed by gunmen at a wedding party in the Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, June 9.

AP reports: Gunmen opened fire on a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan, killing nine people, including the groom, officials said Thursday.

The assailants entered a field where the groom and his family had gathered Wednesday night in the remote Dur Baba district and started shooting, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the provincial government spokesman. The attackers also set fire to a nearby house and a car. Continue reading...

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Afghan villagers stand over the groom, who was killed during an attack by gunmen on his wedding party in Dur Baba district of Nangarhar province on June 9, 2011. Gunmen stormed a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan overnight, killing the groom and eight other people in an attack blamed on Taliban-linked insurgents, officials said. The groom was a cousin of the local district chief, and women and children were also among the casualties in the attack at the family party in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, the provincial spokesman told AFP.

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Afghan men carry bodies of those killed on June 9.

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