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At Least 20 Killed In Wedding Gunfight In Afghanistan

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Local officials say a shoot-out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 20 people and wounded 10 others.

Jaweed Basharat, the governor of Baghlan Province, said a gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in the province's Andarab district late on July 26.

Police said most of the dead were guests attending the wedding of a local mullah's son at a private house.

According to district police chief Gulistan Qasani, there was a long-standing feud between the two groups involved in the gunfight.

Qasani said the clash broke out after a "relative of a provincial police official was assassinated during the wedding party."

The war against the Taliban is often used in Afghanistan as a cover for criminal activity and personal feuds.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa