Bomb kills nine wedding guests

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A roadside bomb destroyed a car carrying guests to a wedding in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing all nine people inside, including a child.

The explosion in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, which lies on the main highway connecting Kabul to the North, also killed six women and two men, said the provincial governor, Abdul Majid. Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban. The insurgency is spreading in previously peaceful areas, and civilian and military casualties have risen to record levels.