Afghan Official: 9 Killed in Wedding Party Attack

The Afghan government says gunmen have killed nine people in a nighttime attack on a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan.

The spokesman for eastern Nangarhar province says Wednesday night's attack happened in remote Dur Baba district.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai says the assailants opened fire on the house where family members were celebrating. They also set fire to the house and a nearby car.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abdulzai says the cousin of the groom is the chief administrator for Dur Baba district, suggesting that it may have been an insurgent strike against the family for being allied with the government.

He said that officials are investigating.