June 10th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Wedding attack was carried out by suicide bomber

A bombing at a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan's Kandahar province was carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosives-laden vest, the interior ministry said Thursday. 

The explosion Wednesday in the village of Nagaan killed 40 people and wounded 74 others, the interior ministry said.

The Taliban said it was not responsible for the attack.

The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the bombing but did not provide a casualty count.

"This ruthless violence brought to the Afghan people at what should have been a time for celebration demonstrates the Taliban's sickening and indiscriminate tactics to try to intimidate the citizens of Afghanistan," said Lt. Gen. Nick Parker, Deputy Commander, International Security Assistance Force on Thursday.

The village is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the city of Kandahar.

The explosion came during the wedding dinner, between 9:30 and 10 p.m., striking the area where the men and boys were dining separately from the women.

All the casualties were men or boys, village officials said.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report

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  1. Chuckster

    Oh, and I almost forgot, after you kill the family, you dump pigs blood on them to make sure you deny them their paradise and their Allah!!!! Excellent.

    July 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chuckster

    Killa, yopu are a genius, that would absolutely work. One good bombing deserves another. I think that would send a definite message to the bombers and their families!!!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Killa

    The way you stop these suicide bombers is this way. After the explosion, you find the head and identfy who the bomber was and then go find his family, the whole family and kill them all. The family are the ones who get the money for their family member who did the suicide run. You kill them all, mom, dad, rat, cat, cocaroaches, everyone dies and you send a message to the next bomber. See they carry out bombing to kill your family members so we should return the favor, dead people can't spend the money!!!!!

    July 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shifty P.

      Excellent plan. they should hire you for some military tactics.
      and that is, if there is a head left.

      July 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shifty P.

    If anyone thinks these two should not be Wed, speak now or forever hold your peace....... me!!!! ...... BOOM!!!!!!!!!! LOL

    July 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rodric

    These cowards murder innocent bystanders in the name of their version of "Allah"; when they meet their maker, i guarantee you 100 virgins and riches will not be waiting for them at the gates. They are a bunch of un-educated cowards and murderers, they are the "devils"....

    June 17, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Abe L. D'Anger

    Who operated the suicide bomber?
    Probably just another UKUSA knockoff with a short circuit, but my bet is Motorola or British Telecom

    June 12, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Just another way of showing Brotherly love of the Muslin!!!

      June 12, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. boots

    These people make about as much sense as the drug cartels killing innocent people in Mexico. It's no wonder Westerners have such a poor view of Islam, because it is automatically associated with such mindless slaughter of innocents. I am not saying this is what Islam is, but that is the conception that is created by fanatics and radicals. My prayers to the innocent peoples of Afghanastan and my condemnation to hell for killers. May you be bathed in the blood of swine and buried with a dog.

    June 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Steve, I couldn't agree more! As far as Zabihullah Mujahid, go back to the rock you crawled out from under!

    June 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zabihullah Mujahid

    The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mujahideen in the region have conducted an investigation, which has revealed that this crime was committed by the invaders. The Mujahideen spoke to some of the survivors who were attending the wedding ceremony at the time it was attacked by the invaders. The survivors have mentioned that just before the bombing took place they heard spy planes hovering over the area, and soon after they heard a loud explosion, and then there was panic, there were dead and injured bodies every were. This cowardly act of the invaders will not deter the freedom loving Afghan's from their struggled to liberate their country from the invading forces.

    June 11, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      I didn't know that there was a CSI: Taliban episode in the works here. What stands out to me is the fact that our 'spy' planes don't make enough noise to be heard from 25 miles away... Plus, if a Taliban 'investigator' is sitting there attempting to 'interiew' a witness at such a scene, do you think the witness would point a finger at him and say "You did it!"? lol please... nothing is more cowardly than the mujahadeen and their groupies.

      June 11, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        The Mujahadeen are a bunch of lying cowards.

        June 11, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Samir

      The horrible crime that YOUR Taliban are doing against innocent people is the same as Hitler did against his own people who were Jewish! If you a talib, I HATE YOU, If you support them, I HATE YOU, if you have sympathy with them, I HATE YOU!!

      You guys destroyed Afghanistan, the face of Islam and the face of Orient!!

      I am sure you were born in Pakistan and were sent to one of there Madrasa’s to learn how to kill!! If you want to learn the real ISLAM, let me know!!

      Allah will never forgive you people!!! You are the worst in MANKIND!!!

      June 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      CNN should track down where this guy commented from since he is the senior Taliban spokesman. How come no one else has noticed that? That would be why he tries to switch this around to blame NATO.

      June 13, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clark Dodson Vernick

    Disturbing somebodys wedding is not good because they could have destroyed you know the next generation of their kids and the next generation of their grand kids!

    June 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. torben09

    Just wonder what an outcry there would have been, if NATO forces by accident had done that. It seems, that the daily atrocities, committed by the Taleban, against the ordinary Afghan people, are reckoned as of not much importance or weight, both to the national and the international community. The incident only get a few lines in the news, where something done by NATO forces, leading to a civilian death, although it was not on purpose, as here, but an accident, will be blown out of proportion, condemned by the Afghan president himself, and all the worlds media. Why is it that the incredible atrocities done daily, by the Taliban, against innocent civilians, executing even children, are somehow reckoned as "normal", giving no outcry against them, neither by the populace, president Karzai or the world press ? It's horrible, that these terrible acts, done daily, by the murderous Taliban, don't hit the headlines all over, and is condemned, and revenged by the local populace. The situation there is becoming very strange. The soldiers are putting themselves in terrible danger, just to avoid killing a civilian, by accident, whille the Taliban is murdering, on purpose, executing, hundreds and hundreds of civilians, without punishment or condemnation, from the Afghans themselves. Hell is just lose, if a NATO soldier, makes even one small mistake. It is as if the Afghans really don't care so much, if it's the Taliban doing the killing. If that really is the fact, we better start packing, going home, and leave them to the killing of each other, themselves, if that's what they wish, so we lose no more soldiers, trying to help out an ungrateful nation

    June 10, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I agree. I can't stand the fact that our troops bend over backwards to protect civilians and IF they make a mistake, it's plastered all over the news and condemned by all levels of the Afghan Gvt. and N.A.T.O... yet the Taliban deliberately massacres people at this wedding, and nobody cares. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE OVER THIS? Where are you people that always say "Wow, what a waste. I condemn the ones who did this" whenever N.A.T.O. makes a mistake. Where are the Afghans who protest when N.A.T.O. accidentally bombs a couple civilians because the Taliban were hiding behind them?

      June 10, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Well I'd like to see all the "outrage" from you people now that the Taliban bombed a wedding of innocent people. If N.A.T.O. had accidentally dropped a bomb on this wedding, there would be 80 comments saying crap like "OMG N.A.T.O. IS HORRIBLE!!!1"

    June 10, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • BW

      there's the implication of PRECISION with the application of military force. are you seriously arguing a deliberate act of terror carried out by a suicide bomber is the SAME THING as a deadly mistake perpetrated by so-called professional soldiers?

      i can't believe how cavalier you people are. this was a wedding! is it ok to you because the people were brown?

      what if it WAS a nato bomb? no big deal? would you still not care if it was the wedding of someone you knew? what if it was your daughter? or maybe your mother. then i would never have had to suffer reading your diarrhea.

      June 11, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Exactly what are you talking about? Maybe you should try re-reading my post (and search for some common sense while you are at it). I'm referring to the fact that the media and all the nay-sayers would plaster this as front page news if it were reported that an errant bomb from a N.A.T.O. plane killed all these people at the wedding. There would be people all over the place condemning it and calling for the pilot to be tried for war crimes. But the fact that it was a suicide bomber from the Taliban makes the media and nay-sayers (in other words, the Anti-Americans/N.A.T.O.) shrug it off and not care.

        I'm referring to the fact that there is a double standard... and in a time of war, that is certainly unfair and ridiculous.

        June 11, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

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        June 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      It just shows what the Muslin think about other Peoples lives!!! How can you make PEACE with People like that???

      June 12, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |