An Islamic State Group member carried a bomb that exploded and killed 63 wedding guests yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan. 180 other people were wounded in the explosion.
Commending on the attack the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani described the attacks as barbaric and blamed the Taliban for providing a platform for terrorism.
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My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again. I can’t go to the funerals, I feel very weak … I know that this won’t be the last suffering for Afghans, the suffering will continue. The bride’s father told local media that 14 members of his family were killed in the attack.
Wedding guest Mohammad Farhag said he had been in the women’s section when he heard a huge explosion in the men’s area. Everyone ran outside shouting and crying. For about 20 minutes the hall was full of smoke. Almost everyone in the men’s section is either dead or wounded.The explosion took place in the west of the city, mostly populated by Shia Muslims.
Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban and the Islamic State group, have repeatedly targeted Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A Taliban spokesman said the group “strongly condemned” the attack. There is no justification for such deliberate and brutal killings and targeting of women and children,” Zabiullah Mujaheed said in a text message to the media
The attack reportedly came a few days after another bomb outside a Kabul police station killed at least 14 people and injured nearly 150. Afghanistan is in the middle of some peace talks with the US.