Blast kills 23 Afghans at a cattle market in southern Afghanistan

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

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 , killing 23 civilians, including children.

Taliban officials blamed the government officials for killing the civilians.

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