[Khaama Press of Afghanistan is now reporting 80 dead.]
[We have found this tidbit, dated June 9, 2011, "insurgents attacked a wedding party in Nangarhar province's Dur Baba district, on the Afghan-Pakistani border....The raid by militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Islam." ---[that is Mangal Bagh's gangsters]
“But the attack may have had more complex motives, despite relatives’ insistence that the raid was not personal. An Afghan official speaking on condition of anonymity said that a month ago, Lashkar-e-Islam fighters tried to cross from their bases in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency into Afghanistan to launch attacks against the Kabul government and NATO targets. “They wanted to attack the district HQ,” the official explained. “But the villagers stopped them.”
Gul’s compound is in a village that is a 15-minute walk from Pakistan, and elders there knew the insurgents would want to return by the same path. According to the Afghan official, “Tribal leaders told them, ‘If you start firing here, we’ll kill you when you return. Better that you don’t attack, or you will bring NATO bombardment on us all.’ “
At least twenty people were killed in a suicide bombing on Tuesday afternoon at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, according to a new report from the Ministry of Interior.
About 50 people were also injured in the attack, some of which are in critical condition, which could increase the number of fatalities, according to the press office of the Ministry.
The previous record was at least eight dead and thirty wounded.
The attack was the governor of Dur Baba district, in the province of Nangarhar, said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman of the ministry, who did not know whether the target was hit.
According Stanikzai Abdullah, the police chief of Nangarhar, for which the number of deaths also rose to 20 people, a man “walking” blew himself up during a funeral in Dur Baba district.
Hamisha Gul, the district governor, is part of the wounded, as were two of his bodyguards, according to Mr. Stanikzai, confirmed that Ahmad Zia Abdulzaï, the spokesman of the province.
According to Mr. Abdulzaï, they are even 25 people were killed, including the son of Mr. Gul. ”The governor of Nangarhar strongly condemns this cowardly act of terrorists,” he added.
Despite the presence of 130,000 soldiers of the NATO coalition in support of the 352,000 Afghan soldiers and police, the government in Kabul and ISAF allies have failed to defeat the insurgency led by the Taliban, driven power by the end of 2001 the foreign coalition.
The violence is particularly high in the south and east. Suicide bombings are small mines with the main weapons of the rebels.