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AT LEAST 63 people have died and 182 were wounded in a suicide bombing of a wedding in Kabul.
Today Isis terror group claimed responsibility for the Saturday-night blast, which took place in a part of the Afghan capital that is home to many Shi’ite Hazara Muslims, a religious minority. Like al-Qaida, Isis follows the Saudi Wahhabi ideology, which condemns Shi’ite Islam. The organisation frequently targets Shi’ites for bombings and massacres.
An Isis-linked website said the slaughter was the work of a Pakistani Isis fighter who “sought martyrdom.”
Eyewitness Gul Mohammad said the bomber had blown himself up near the stage where a band was playing and “all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed.”
Government spokesman Feroz Bashari confirmed the casualty figures as families began to bury their dead, some digging graves with their bare hands.
The Taliban condemned the attack, saying it was “unjustifiable.” The dominant Afghan insurgent organisation, itself responsible for many previous suicide bombings, finished a round of peace talks with the United States — with which it has been at war since the US invasion of 2001 — in Qatar on Tuesday, with delegations leaving to report to their respective superiors. It says a peace agreement will be announced in coming weeks — though the Afghan government says it is still waiting to hear from Washington what any deal would involve.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said yesterday: “The Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide a platform for terrorists,” as he declared a day of mourning.
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