Some 40 were killed in a suicide attack on a wedding party in Nagahan village in Arghandab district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, June 9. The groom and 17 of the guests were members of an anti-Taliban arbeki, or self-defense militia, organized by US Special Operations forces. Official say the aim of the attack was to be to undermine support for the group. (NYT, Bloomberg, June 10)
Meanwhile, officials said Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy, accusing him of spying for the government, in the Sangin district of Helmand province. A provincial government spokesman said militants have carried out similar killings of those accused of spying. Three years ago, a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala district of the province were executed following the same allegations, the spokesman said. (CNN, June 10)
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