Over 60 people have been killed after a suicide bomb attack at a wedding in Kabul
RTE has confirmed that over 60 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a wedding in Kabul.
A bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the capital of Afghanistan last night.
The suicide bomb attack came as America and the Taliban discuss the final stages of a deal to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan.
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 63 people had been killed and 182 wounded, adding that "among the wounded are women and children."
President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani released a statement via Twitter, condemning the senseless attack.
"I strongly condemn the inhumane attack on the wedding hall in Kabul last night. My top priority for now is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack," he wrote.
I strongly condemn the inhumane attack on the wedding hall in Kabul last night. My top priority for now is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack. On behalf of the nation I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were martyred.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) August 18, 2019
The president continued, sending his condolences to those involved:
"On behalf of the nation I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were martyred."
He added, in subsequent tweets:
"For those who are wounded, I pray for your speedy recovery. I have ordered the relevant authorities to urgently assist in managing the wounded. In response to this targeted attack I have called an extraordinary security meeting to review and prevent such security lapses."
"Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide platform for terrorists. Today is the day of mourning, hence #StateBuilder have cancelled today's gathering at the Loya Jirga tent."
The Taliban denied any involvement in the violent attack.