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Afghanistan: Attack on marriage kills dozens of people in Kabul

2019-08-18T06:46:19.159Z

A huge explosion in Kabul Saturday killed at least 63 dead and more than 180 wounded, according to the authorities. The attack targeted hundreds of people gathered at a wedding ceremony.



This is one of the deadliest attacks since the beginning of the year in Afghanistan. A huge explosion that targeted Saturday a wedding in Kabul killed at least 63 people and wounded 182, the authorities said Sunday morning. "Among the victims there are women and children," said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. This is one of the deadliest attacks since the beginning of the year in Afghanistan.

The explosion occurred at 10:40 pm (6:10 pm GMT) "in the Shar Dubai wedding hall in western Kabul," Nasrat Rahimi said Saturday night without being able to deliver an initial assessment. Taliban spokesmen denied on Sunday morning the involvement of the insurgent group.

"The Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call it, Ed) strongly condemns the attack on civilians in Kabul.To commit such deliberate and brutal killings and target women and children have no justification", have tweeted two Taliban spokesmen. The Afghan branch of the Islamic State (IS) group, the other terrorist group that is carrying out attacks in this country at war, has not come forward.

A hoped-for agreement between the United States and the Taliban

Weddings in Afghanistan bring together several hundred guests in large complexes on the outskirts of the city. On July 12, in an IS-claimed attack, at least six people were killed and fourteen wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a ceremony in Nangarhar province in eastern Iran. Afghanistan.

Saturday's attack comes as the Afghan population, exasperated by indiscriminate violence, hopes for an agreement between the United States and the Taliban that would pave the way for peace talks between the Afghan government and the group. insurgent.

Several American sources suggested in recent days that an agreement could be imminent, but some points remained to be settled. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, head of the US negotiating team, could return to the region in the coming days to continue or even finalize the negotiations.

With AFP

Source: france24

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