23 civilians killed, dozens injured in cattle market blast in Afghanistan

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At least 23 civilians were killed on Monday in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province and dozens were injured when rockets fell on a cattle market, said Afghan government and Taliban officials, Reuters reported.

The warring sides blamed each other for the attack on the open-air weekly cattle market in Sangin district where hundreds of villagers from neighbouring districts had gathered to trade sheep and goats.

A spokesman for Helmand’s governor said the several rockets fired by Taliban insurgents landed close to the cattle market, killing 23 civilians, including children.

Taliban officials blamed the government officials for killing the civilians.

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