63 killed in Kabul wedding hall explosion

Sunday, 2019-08-18 14:14:18
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Interior ministry spokesman said the blast occurred in a west Kabul wedding hall. (Source: AFP/Getty Images)
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At least 63 people were killed and over 180 others wounded in Saturday (August 17) night's suicide explosion at a wedding hall in western Kabul, police of the Afghan capital confirmed on Sunday (August 18).

"A total of 63 people were martyred and 182 wounded following Saturday night's terrorist incident in Kabul," police said in a statement.

The blast occurred inside Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Police District 6 of Kabul at around 10:40 p.m. local time Saturday when the hall was packed with guests attending the wedding ceremony of an Afghan couple.

Those among the victims were several women and children, the statement added.

The death toll was likely to rise as several injured were in critical condition.

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

But President Ashraf Ghani said the militants could not escape blame for the "barbaric" attack.

"The Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame for they provide platform for terrorists," he said in a post on Twitter.

Pictures on social media from the scene of the Kabul blast showed bodies strewn amid overturned table and chairs at the wedding hall, with dark blood stains on the carpet.

The capital city with a population of nearly 5 million has been hit by series of terror attacks over the past couple of years.