Terror blast kills over 50 people in Afghan capital

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 20, 2018

More than 50 people were killed and over 80 wounded after a huge explosion ripped through a building in Kabul in which a large crowd of people, including religious scholars, were marking the birthday anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

"The hidden hands behind this unfair terrorist operation have no goal but to fuel ethnic, sectarian and religious strife", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

A report by BBC said that the explosion left 60 people injured as Muslim religious scholars met at the Uranus hall in PD15 district to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the toll likely to rise.

Wedding halls are popular targets for militants in Afghanistan.

No one has claimed to have been behind the blast, but both Taliban and Islamic State groups have targeted religious scholars tied to the government in the past.

"Everything was covered with smoke and dust", he said.

A witness outside Kabul's Emergency Hospital told the site "there were a lot of wounded people, I saw at least ten wounded people brought here".

ISIS said it had targeted "tyrant clerics" who were siding with the US -backed government.

Afghan Taliban denied involvement and condemned the attack, in a statement.

The Taliban carry out near-daily attacks targeting security forces and government officials across the country, while the IS affiliate has bombed gatherings of minority Shiites, killing hundreds of civilians.

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