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Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, wounds 182

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By Abdul Qadir Sediqi

A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said.

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

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

The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the U.S.-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.

Pictures posted on social media showed bodies strewn amid overturned table and chairs at the wedding hall. The bomber struck the men's reception area, officials said.

"Everybody was running," a waiter at the hall, Sayed Agha Shah, said after the blast.

"Several of our waiters were killed and wounded."

Wedding halls have become a big business in Kabul as the Afghan economy slowly picks up and families spend more on celebrations.

At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul in November.

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When will this madness stop I wonder.

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What is it with weddings and bombings in Afghanistan? That's an important day in ones life. That's almost as bad as attacking a funeral. Have some decency.

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These people are animals and believe that they are carrying out their acts of deadly violence in the name of their prophet. What a bunch of garbage.

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What is it with Afghanistan, why do their youth blow up so quickly. If it's not a drone strike then it's a overdressed dude imploding. Weddings are obviously not a go to event in Afghanistan.

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"The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast..." You can trust them at their word like you can trust Trump at his...only he would consider the return of the Taliban to control of Afghanistan an accomplishment. So much winning.

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What is it with Afghanistan, why do their youth blow up so quickly. If it's not a drone strike...

Are you suggesting that innocent Afghani youth have some supernatural ability to attract Hellfire missiles?? There is really not a lot they can do when a technologically advance war mongering nation on the other side of globe decides to cowardly blow up groups of people by remote control based on grainy video footage. Also, if the U.S. goons did this its likely we would even be reading an article about it.

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it sounds like some one does not want the peace talks to carry on, I am sure if you asked the general public they want all of this madness to stop so they can get on with there lives in peace.

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You can trust them at their word like you can trust Trump at his...only he would consider the return of the Taliban to control of Afghanistan an accomplishment.

ISIS claimed it.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/17/asia/afghanistan-wedding-bombing-hotel-dubai/index.html

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My deepest condolence to the bereaved and hope of smooth recovery for the wounded ones.

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You can trust them at their word like you can trust Trump at his...

Seems odd to single out Trump here what with the CIA and the U.S. government in general. Was the Taliban so bad before the U.S. invaded? Afghanistan has always been a messy, brutal place but the Taliban were bringing peace and stability. The U.S. military brought near two decades of bombing and guess what? Trump has only been president for 2 and a half years.

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