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Official: Army rocket kills civilian in southern Afghanistan

January 3, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A police official in Afghanistan says that a civilian man has been killed after a rocket fired from an army checkpoint struck a house in southern Helmand province.

Hekmatullah Amal, police chief in the Gereshk district, said on Saturday that the rocket was fired late Friday night, killing one man and wounding two women.

On Dec. 31, artillery fired from another military checkpoint struck a wedding party in Helmand’s Sangin district — killing at least 28 civilians, mostly women and children, and wounding more than 50 others.

Two Afghan soldiers were arrested and eight others are under investigation in connection with the deaths in Sangin, Gen. Sultan Mahmoud, the army chief in Helmand province, said on Friday.

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