Collapsing roof leaves 65 dead in Afghanistan

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A collapsing roof killed 65 people during a wedding celebration in northern Afghanistan, police said yesterday.

Forty other people were injured in the tragedy in Baghlan province.

A police spokesman said the house was overloaded and only made of mud bricks.

Most of the dead were women on the top floor who were celebrating separately from the men. Twelve children were also among the dead.

Houses in rural Afghanistan are typically made out of mud brick and wooden beams.