Rocket strike at Afghan wedding kills 28

AT least 28 people, many of them women and children, died when rockets fired by Afghan soldiers hit a wedding party in southern Afghanistan.

THE head of the army in southern Helmand province, where the incident happened, said investigations were focusing on whether the house was purposefully targeted by soldiers.

General Sultan Mahmoud said that early investigations indicated that artillery had been fired in the direction of the house from both north and south from a distance of 3km.”We are seeing no evidence that the Taliban can fire from that distance, and as the Taliban positions were only one kilometre from the checkpoint, why was it necessary to use artillery that can travel so far,” Mahmoud said.

h/t Suzanne

  • Incompetence?

    • May have been deliberate. Just think how much further Islam & Afghanistan will sink. I wonder if in our time a new colonialism will emerge as an answer to Islamic and African failed states.

      • So someone in the armed forces thought of this?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          The Afghan armed forces?
          This was in Helmand, Sangin District, the exact place my son was at and he said the average Afghan looks down on your average Helmand provincial as we look upon hillbilly meth-heads. Maybe some commander didn’t get his popy harvest pay off bribe so he took it out on the wedding party of the family or tribe that owed him money.
          In Helmand, anything is possible.

      • Frau Katze

        No one wants to go Afghanistan. Even the Chinese bailed on a project after a few workers were killed by the Taliban.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Some Allied troops at least used to refer to the Afs as “F Troop”. Pathetic.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Some allied troops?
        Only all who came into contact with the Afghans.
        Lazy, incompetent, cowardly, and anything else you can think of that isn’t good.
        They make the WW-II Italian Army look like SEAL Team 6.

      • I’d heard even Latvian troops complain about them.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      50/50 incompetence vs. some Afghan tribal score settling.
      It’s hard to tell with that crowd.

  • ntt1

    maybe it was meant to be a joke or some kind of hazing? mind you the extensive use of celebratory gunfire at muslim weddings raises the risk of personal injury to the point that artillery rounds could be seen as just a matter of degree.

  • pettifog

    Couldn’t they find a way to blame Israel for it?

    • Raymond Cameron

      They’re working on it…I give them till tomorrow.

  • seaoh

    Among the 28 killed were 24 children includinig the nine year old bride