Dozens feared dead or wounded in blast at Kabul wedding hall

18 Août, 2019, 09:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Dozens feared dead or wounded in blast at Kabul wedding hall

KABUL-A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said. He shared on Facebook photos showing several apparent bodies inside a dining area.

No group said it carried out the attack, which happened in the west of the city.

Conflicting reports have emerged as to the number of people killed and injured in the apparent suicide bombing.

Afghan Taliban officials said on Saturday the killing of the brother of their leader in a bomb attack near the Pakistani city of Quetta would not derail the talks with the United States aimed at securing their long-cherished goal of getting foreign troops out.

Kabul's huge, brightly lit wedding halls are a center of community life in a city tired of decades of war, with thousands of dollars spent on a single evening.

Under the expected deal, the Taliban, in exchange for a United States commitment on a withdrawal, would guarantee Afghanistan would not be a sanctuary for militants to expand and plot new attacks, both sides have said. "A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself inside a wedding?!".

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Eye witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The Taliban denied involvement in an attack that bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State affiliate.

The latest blast at the wedding comes ahead of Afghanistan's 100th independence day celebrations tomorrow, and shortly after the festival of Eid al-Adha.

The blast comes at an uncertain time in Afghanistan as the United States and the Taliban attempt to work toward a deal to end a almost 18-year war, America's longest conflict.

The Afghan government has been sidelined from those discussions, and Seddiqi said earlier Saturday that his government was waiting to hear results of President Trump's meeting Friday with his national security team about the negotiations.

The attack came as the US and the Taliban are said to be nearing a peace deal that would include the Taliban in some sort of power-sharing agreement.

There has been a slew of attacks in Afghanistan in recent times. Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said in a Twitter post.

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