Article published on the 2009-08-26 Latest update 2009-08-26 17:12 TU
“It’s unclear what their target was, though a number of civilians at a wedding hall were killed," said correspondent Jerome Starkey, in Kabul.
He reports that Ahmad Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's brother, the local governor in Kandahar, said all the victims were women and children.
A wedding hall and a dozen civilian houses "were totally destroyed in this terrorist explosion", said the Foreign Ministry.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said a 48-year-old water engineer was killed in his house when the ceiling of the room he was in collapsed in the blast.
“The ICRC is deeply shocked by the death of a much-loved colleague,” said the Red Cross in a statement.
The Taliban, which had vowed to disrupt the elections, has denied being involved in the attack
“The Taliban spokesman, who would normally represent the orders of Mullah Omar and Quetta Shura, which is the Taliban high command in Pakistan - they denied responsibility," said Starkey.
The Taliban has been known to deny attacks involving civilian casualties.
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