Suicide bombing targets a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, killing 63
A suicide bomber blew up his explosives in a wedding hall in
the western part of Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 63, and wounding as many
as 182 others.
The blast went off on Saturday evening in men reception
section at Dubai City wedding hall in a Hazara dominated neighborhood. The blast
took place close to the Darul Aman palace, where Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
is expected to celebrate the 100th anniversary Independency Day on
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack
which claimed lives of dozens of children and women.
The Taliban group denied any responsibility for the attack.
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban, condemned attack on civilians.
“Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding
hall in Kabul. A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train
a human and ask him to go and blow himself [up] inside a wedding?!!,” Sediq Sediqqi,
the spokesperson for the president, wrote on his twitter account in the
aftermath of the attack.
Armed groups have repeatedly targeted wedding ceremonies
which are seen as “soft targets.”
This came as earlier a Taliban car bomb targeted Afghan security forces in busy western neighborhood of Kabul, killing 14 people and wounding 145. The casualty included mostly civilians.