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Roof collapses in Afghanistan, killing 65

A roof has collapsed during a wedding in northern Afghanistan, killing 65 people, mostly women and children.

KABUL // A roof collapsed during a wedding on Wednesday in northern Afghanistan killing 65 people, mostly women and children, said police.

Most of the dead were women celebrating the wedding on the top floor of a mud brick house packed with guests, said Jawad Bashart, spokesman of the Baghlan provincial police.

He added that 12 children were also killed and another 40 were wounded in the remote Jelga district.

Houses in rural Afghanistan are traditionally built with mud bricks and wooden beams. Access to health care is also poor, with few clinics or hospitals and mostly unpaved roads.