CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S.-backed Afghan army raid

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S.-backed Afghan army raidHELMAND, Afghanistan/KABUL, Sept 23 (Reuters) – At least 40 civilians attending a wedding party were killed by explosions and gunfire during a raid by U.S.-backed Afghan government forces on a nearby Islamist militant hideout, officials in Helmand province said on Monday. The raid, days after a U.S. drone strike aimed at militants hiding among farmers killed 32 pine nut harvesters, showed how civilians have borne the brunt of a war that has re-intensified since U.S.-Taliban peace talks collapsed two weeks ago.



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