Suicide bomber kills 63 and injures 182 at wedding in Kabul as blast rips through hall packed with 1,200 guests

A SUICIDE bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 at a wedding reception in Kabul last night.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast that tore through a hall packed with more than 1,200 guests.


A blast ripped through a packed wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing and injuring dozens[/caption]


Wounded victims line a hospital hallway after the suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday night[/caption]

Horrifying photos posted on social media showed bodies strewn amid overturned table and chairs.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the attacker set off explosives among the revellers at the men’s reception area.

But witness Gul Mohammad said the blast occurred near the stage – where musicians were and “all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed.”

Mohammad Toofan, a wounded guest, said: “A lot of guests were martyred.”

There are so many dead and wounded victims. I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast and then I couldn’t find anyone

Ahmad OmidWedding guest

ISIS affiliates have also been known to carry out bloody attacks in the Afghan capital.

Ahmad Omid, a survivor who attended the wedding of his father’s cousin, said: “There are so many dead and wounded victims.

“I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast and then I couldn’t find anyone.

“Everyone was lying all around the hall.”

Grieving and wailing blood-soaked relatives gathered outside the local hospital where the dead and wounded were taken.


A grieving woman wails outside the hospital where the wounded were taken[/caption]

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Paramedics wheeling a victim into an ambulance in the aftermath of the bomb blast[/caption]

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Afghan police men stand guard outside the wedding hall after an explosion in Kabul[/caption]


The blast ripped through a packed wedding hall where 1,200 guests had gathered[/caption]


Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, tweeted: “Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul.

“A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself (up) inside a wedding?!!”

The attack came as the Taliban and the US are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.

A withdrawal will be in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the US-backed government.

It follows a bomb attack on a mosque in Pakistan on Friday that killed a brother of Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada.

No one claimed responsibility for that blast – which killed four people and wounded about 20.

Last year more than 3,800, including more than 900 children, were killed in the Afghanistan conflict, the United Nations said.

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An Afghan man mourns near the body of his brother after he was killed in an explosion at wedding hall in Kabul[/caption]


The powerful blast destroyed the roof of the wedding hall[/caption]

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