Afghan President Vows to Eliminate IS Safe Havens After Wedding Attack

Afghanistan's president has vowed to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State.Ashraf Ghani's comments Monday, on Afghanistan's centennial Independence Day, come as the South Asian country is still recovering from the shock of a bombing at a wedding late Saturday that killed at least 63 people, including children, and wounded 183.The Islamic State group's Afghan branch has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Kabul.  President Ghani said, however, that the Taliban must also share the blame for the horrific attack because the Taliban's own barbarous attacks over the years on schools, mosques, and other public places have "created the platform for other terrorists" to launch  merciless assaults.An Afghan soldier inspects a damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul, Aug. 18, 2019.The Taliban condemned the bombing. A spokesman for the insurgent group said “such barbaric deliberate attacks against civilians including women and children are forbidden and unjustifiable.”The attack was one of the worst against Afghan civilians in recent years.An 'inhumane act' Ghani said Monday, "We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood" and urged the international community to join Afghanistan with its efforts.Ghani said the wedding attack was an “inhumane” act, and he has summoned an “extraordinary” security meeting to review and prevent such security lapses.The victims of the overnight suicide bombing at the packed wedding hall were mostly members of the minority Shi’ite Hazara community.A wedding guest told the French news agency AFP that the bride and groom were saying their vows when the bomb exploded.The couple survived the blast, but the groom told a local television station Tolo News the attack "changed my happiness to sorrow . . . my bride keeps fainting . . . I will never see happiness in my life again."The United Nations denounced the wedding hall bombing as... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Afghan President Vows to Eliminate IS Safe Havens After Wedding Attack, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Afghan President Vows to Eliminate IS Safe Havens After Wedding Attack





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 19 August



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