Suicide bomber kills 63, injures hundreds at wedding in Afghanistan

A view of damaged Dubai City wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul. Source: AP

Sixty-three people have been killed by a suicide bomber who struck at a crowded wedding in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

A suicide bomber has killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital, as violence shows no sign of easing despite hopes for a deal on a US troop withdrawal.

The attack came on Saturday as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan’s US-backed government.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi’ite neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.

Women and children were among the casualties, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said on Sunday.

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