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Suicide attack at Afghan wedding hall kills 63

Updated : 2019-08-18 12:59:36

The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in the Afghan capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said. It was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year. Another 182 civilians were wounded in the Saturday night explosion, government spokesman Feroz Bashari said. Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi confirmed the casualty toll as families began to bury the dead. Some helped to dig graves with their bare hands. Kabul residents were outraged as there appears to be no end to violence even as the United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end their 18-year conflict, America's longest war. The Taliban condemned the attack as "forbidden and unjustifiable" and denied any involvement, leading many to suspect the Islamic State group's local affiliate in Afghanistan in the attack. Both the Taliban and IS have carried large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past. The blast occurred in a western Kabul neighborhood that is home to many of the country's minority Shiite Hazara community. IS has claimed responsibility for many attacks targeting Shiites in the past. The bomber detonated his explosives near the stage where musicians were playing and "all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed," said eyewitness Gul Mohammad.

Chairs stained with blood are seen at damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Chairs stained with blood are seen at damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan man stands in the damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan man stands in the damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An empty soda can and a milk bottle lie among other debris at a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An empty soda can and a milk bottle lie among other debris at a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Damage of the Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Damage of the Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan policeman stands guard outside a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan policeman stands guard outside a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Shoes are seen on the table at the damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Shoes are seen on the table at the damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
The damage of Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
The damage of Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan policemen stand guard outside the wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. An explosion ripped through the wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan's capital and dozens of people were killed or wounded, a government official said. Hundreds of people were believed to be inside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan policemen stand guard outside the wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. An explosion ripped through the wedding hall on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan's capital and dozens of people were killed or wounded, a government official said. Hundreds of people were believed to be inside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan man mourns near the body of his brother after he was killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Afghan man mourns near the body of his brother after he was killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
A wounded man is carried to a hospital after an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Nishanuddin Khan)
A wounded man is carried to a hospital after an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Nishanuddin Khan)
Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan soldiers inspect a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan soldiers inspect a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan soldiers inspect a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan soldiers inspect a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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