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Daesh claims responsibility for wedding suicide attack in Kabul

The Daesh terror group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Kabul on Saturday. A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a packed wedding reception in the Afghan capital, the Afghan interior ministry said on Sunday.

Published August 18,2019
Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. [AP Photo]

The Daesh terror group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63 on Saturday night.

A statement by the militant group posted on an Daesh-linked website on Sunday says that a Daesh fighter seeking martyrdom targeted a large Shiite gathering in Kabul. The Daesh affiliate claimed that after the suicide bombing, a car bomb was also detonated in the attack.

Afghan officials say that nearly 200 people were wounded in the blast in a western Kabul neighborhood that's home to many in the minority Shiites Hazara community.

Survivors say the bomber was standing by a stage where children and others had gathered when he detonated his explosives vest.

Daesh has claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks against the Hazara community since the militant group emerged in Afghanistan in 2014.