Brutal Islamic State Attack in Kabul – 63 Dead, Scores Injured

  • 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.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS), officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic language acronym Daesh is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam. ISIL gained global prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre. ISIL is believed to be operational in 18 countries across the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“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.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (born 19 May 1949) is an Afghan politician and current president of Afghanistan, elected on 21 September 2014. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as finance minister and the chancellor of Kabul University.

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.

“Inhuman attack”

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.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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