Afghanistan: 63 killed, 182 wounded as Muslim terrorist blows himself up at Kabul wedding
At least 63 people were murdered and 182 others injured Saturday evening when a Muslim terrorist blew himself up in the men’s reception area at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the terror attack.
Witnesses said members of the minority Shia Muslim community were holding the wedding reception.
Sunni Muslim terror groups including the Taliban and ISIS have repeatedly attacked the Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan over the years.
“Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul,” Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said in a Twitter post.
“A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself [up] inside a wedding?!!”
Armed Muslim terrorists have periodically struck Afghan weddings, which are seen as “soft” targets with minimal security precautions.
Wedding guest Mohammad Farhag said he had been in the women’s section when he heard a huge explosion in the men’s area.
“Everyone ran outside shouting and crying,” he said.
“For about 20 minutes the hall was full of smoke. Almost everyone in the men’s section is either dead or wounded. Now, two hours after the blast, they are still taking bodies out of the hall.”
A waiter at the hall, Sayed Agha Shah, said “everybody was running” after the blast.
“Several of our waiters were killed or wounded,” he added.