Suicide Bomb Rips Through Wedding Party in Kabul

Updated at 10:28 p.m. Aug. 17.ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - Authorities in Afghanistan say a massive suicide bomb blast late Saturday inside a packed wedding hall in Kabul "killed and injured dozens of civilians." There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing in a western part of the Afghan capital. The victims were mostly members of the minority Shiite Hazara community. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the blast and blamed "enemies of Afghanistan" for plotting the carnage. He said the attacker set off explosives among the wedding participants. Rahimi said police and ambulances quickly reached the site and victims were transported to city hospitals. He said the nature of the blast was being determined, and he promised to issue an exact casualty toll and other details soon. Kabul Dubai Wedding HallLocal journalists quoted survivors as saying they saw dozens of bodies all around the hall following the powerful explosion.    The blast occurred near the stage where musicians were and ``all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed,'' witness Gul Mohammad said. One of the wounded, Mohammad Toofan, said that ``a lot of guests were martyred.''      Officials were not expected to release a death toll until daytime Sunday.    ``There are so many dead and wounded,'' said survivor Ahmad Omid, adding that about 1,200 guests had been invited to the wedding for his father's cousin. ``I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast, and then I couldn't find anyone. Everyone was lying all around the hall.''    ``Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul. 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?!!'' Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said in a Twitter... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Suicide Bomb Rips Through Wedding Party in Kabul, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Suicide Bomb Rips Through Wedding Party in Kabul





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 17 August



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