- According to reports, there were more than 1,000 guests at the party.
- The attack was claimed on Sunday afternoon by the Islamic State, radical Sunni Islamists who have repeatedly attacked the Shiite community of Afghanistan.
- The explosion on Saturday comes at a time when the United States and the Taliban are set to finalize an expected agreement on a considerable reduction of US troops in Afghanistan.
A suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least 63 people dead and 182 wounded on Saturday night at a wedding party. The Islamic State terror group has since claimed credit for the brutal attack. It is the worst attack in months in the Afghan capital, at a time when the population awaits an agreement between the Taliban and the United States.
“Among the victims are women and children,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. “The participants were partying when the explosion occurred, shortly before 11 p.m. (6:30 p.m. GMT),” one of the survivors of the brutal attack told the local media. According to reports, there were more than 1,000 guests at the party. In Afghanistan, Weddings are significant events that always bring together many people, both friends, relatives, and neighbors.
Immediately after the attack, the Taliban denied any involvement and the attack was claimed on Sunday afternoon by the Islamic State, radical Sunni Islamists who have repeatedly attacked the Shiite community of Afghanistan, which is the community from which the families of the bride and groom in question are from.
Happiness to disgrace
“The Taliban cannot be exempt from any responsibility as they serve as a terrorist platform,” said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who described this attack as “barbaric” on the eve of the centenary of Afghanistan’s independence. “They turned my happiness into disgrace. I lost my brother, my friends and my family. I can never be happy again,” said Mirwais, the Saturday’s groom, in statements to a local television network. “Yesterday afternoon the guests came smiling at my wedding and in the afternoon we were taking their bodies out,” he lamented.
At dawn, in the party room, which had broken windowpanes and the roof sunk by the force of the explosion, the floor had bloodstains, and at the entrance there were piled up shoes that people forgot in the midst of panic. Funerals were then organized in the cemeteries of the city. As per images from local television, several people were seen burying their loved ones. Among the dead were 14 members from the same family.
Afghan Prime Minister Abdulá Abdulá condemned the “terrorist attack” on Twitter and sympathized with the families while stating that “this hateful and inhuman attack is a crime against humanity.”
The explosion on Saturday comes at a time when the United States and the Taliban are set to finalize an expected agreement on a considerable reduction of US troops in Afghanistan in exchange for insurgents respecting a ceasefire, breaking ties with al Qaeda and negotiating with the administration of Kabul a lasting peace agreement.
But with the imminence of the pact, violence has increased in the country. The UN revealed that the month of July was the bloodiest since May 2017, with more than 1,500 civilians injured or killed in the country. In 2018, 3,804 civilians lost their lives, including 900 children.