2019-08-18 Afghanistan||Explosion Targets Wedding Hall In Kabul; Casualties Feared UPDATE: 63 dead, ISIS claims it
[ToloNews] Interior Ministry’s front man said the earth-shattering kaboom has targeted Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul. |
An explosion happened at a wedding hall in the west of Kabul when dozens of people were celebrating a wedding ceremony of an Afghan couple on Saturday evening.
A front man for Ministry of Interior, Nusrat Rahimi, said the earth-shattering kaboom happened at around 10:40 pm.
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Sources and eyewitnesses said the hall was packed with guests when the earth-shattering kaboom happened.
The Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall is located in police district 6 (PD6) which covers areas like Darul Aman in the west of Kabul.
Footage on social media shows women screaming outside the wedding hall, while they are shocked by the earth-shattering kaboom.
Sources said the casualties might be high. Wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan are often attended by more than 400 guests.
More than 1,000 people had been invited to the wedding, one witness said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told the Associated Press news agency that the attacker set off explosives among the wedding participants.
"Unfortunately, the blast caused civilian casualties," Rahimi said, adding that among them were women and children. Specific information on casualties would be provided later, he wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which went off in the men's reception area of the wedding hall in the western part of the city.
Witnesses said members of the minority Shi'ite Muslim community were holding the wedding reception.
Sunni Muslim militants including the Taliban and Islamic State have repeatedly attacked the Shi'ite Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan over the years.
At least 63 people have been killed and scores wounded in an explosion targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.
| Update from Al Jazeera at 8:12 a.m. EDT courtesy of Besoeker|
The suicide blast took place on Saturday evening in the men's reception area of the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, in a minority Shia neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.
Women and children were among the casualties, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said on Sunday.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.
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