A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an explosion at a packed wedding hall Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The explosion happened in an area in the west of the city mostly populated by Shia Muslims. Shia minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan have repeatedly been targeted by Sunni Mulsim militants. A spokesperson for Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, called the attack a "heinous crime against our people." More than 1,000 guests had gathered to celebrate a marriage. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Even the Taliban, who killed 14 people and wounded more than 140 in a car bomb attack outside a Kabul police station on Aug. 7, denied being behind it. The group "strongly condemned" the attack. On Friday a brother of Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada was killed by a bomb planted in a mosque near the Pakistani city of Quetta. Afghan weddings include hundreds of guests who gather in large halls where the men are usually segregated from the women and children. The huge explosion occurred in the men's area. The Taliban and the US ,which has thousands of troops stationed there, are working on a peace deal.
The Islamic State assumed the attack.