AGENCY Kabul: Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage when an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The massive blast, which took place late Saturday in west Kabul, came as Washington and the Taliban finalise a deal to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan and hopefully build a roadmap to a ceasefire. The groom recalled greeting and smiling guests in the afternoon, before seeing their bodies being carried out hours later.
The attack ‘changed my happiness to sorrow’, the young man, named Mirwais.
“My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. he said.
“I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again,” he added.
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a suicide bomber carried out the attack, with at least 63 people killed and 182 injured.
The Sunni extremist group’s Afghan affiliate claimed responsibility for the blast, saying the bomber targeted the wedding because it was of Shia community.
The attack sent a wave of grief through a city grimly accustomed to atrocities and garnered broad condemnation.
President Ashraf Ghani called it ‘barbaric’, while Afghanistan’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah described it as a ‘crime against humanity’. US ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass called it an act of ‘extreme depravity’.
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