Roadside bomb kills 17 during wedding parade in Afghanistan

Local officials blamed the Taliban for killing 17 people and injuring nine in a wedding parade when a bomb exploded under a van.

HERAT, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb exploded under a van in western Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 17 people and wounding nine, mostly  women and children
returning from a wedding, a local official said on Friday.

The bombing took place mid afternoon in the relatively peaceful province of Farah and was detonated as a procession of vehicles following the bride and groom passed along a rural road.

"Most of the victims are women and children," said Abdul Rahman Zwandai, a spokesman for the local government. "The Taliban are responsible for this. They want to create fear by staging such attacks." 

(Writing by Martin Petty)