Toll from suicide blast at Afghan wedding 63 dead, 182 hurt

Reuters
18 August 2019, Sun
Published: 10:56 Updated: 12:32

Toll from suicide blast at Afghan wedding 63 dead, 182 hurt

A bomb explosion has ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul, killed at least 63 people and hurt 182 on Saturday night, the interior ministry said.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.

The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the US-backed government.

It follows a bomb attack on a mosque in Pakistan on Friday that killed a brother of Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada. No one claimed responsibility for that blast, which killed four people and wounded about 20.

Pictures posted on social media showed bodies strewn amid overturned table and chairs at the wedding hall. The bomber struck the men's reception area, officials said.

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