35 civilians killed in Afghan forces' anti-Taliban operation

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At least 35 civilians have been killed and 13 more wounded as the Afghan military raided a Taliban hideout in the southern Helmand province on Monday.

According to provincial officials, the victims were attending a wedding party near the attack site when they were caught in the crossfire.

Officials said the house was being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers.

"As a result of a joint operation in Musa Qala district of Helmand, 22 Taliban members were killed and 14 others arrested," the Afghan ministry said in a statement, adding that they arrested five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi.

An investigation into reports of civilian casualties will be carried out, the ministry added.

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