Karzai Orders Probe into Wedding Blast

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan's president has ordered a probe into the suicide bombing at a wedding reception in a northern province, saying “the enemies of Afghanistan once again targeted innocent civilians.”

President Hamid Karzai said that among at least 23 people killed in the attack Saturday in Samangan province were lawmaker Ahmad Khan Samangani and General Mohammad Khan, Samangan's provincial intelligence director.

Another member of parliament, a police commander, and a former provincial governor were injured in the attack in the provincial capital of Aybak.

Authorities say the suicide bomber entered the wedding hall and embraced the father of the bride, Samangani, before blowing himself up.