Sui­cide bomb­ing at Kabul re­li­gious

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Dozens of peo­ple have been killed in a pow­er­ful sui­cide bomb blast that tar­geted a large gath­er­ing of top re­li­gious fig­ures in Afghanistan’s cap­i­tal, Kabul, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. Wahid Ma­jroh, health min­istry spokesper­son, said Tues­day’s ex­plo­sion killed at least 50 peo­ple and wounded more than 70 oth­ers. He added that the death toll could rise fur­ther as many of those in­jured were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Na­jib Dan­ish, in­te­rior min­istry spokesper­son, said “a sui­cide bomber det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives” in­side a large wed­ding hall where hun­dreds of schol­ars and cler­ics had gath­ered to mark the birth­day of Is­lam’s Prophet Muham­mad. “I heard the ex­plo­sion, I just man­aged to take my cousin out of there who was se­ri­ously wounded,” Ah­mad Fahim said ly­ing in a hos­pi­tal bed. “But when I got here, I re­alised that I was wounded as well.” Re­li­gious stud­ies lec­turer Mo­ham­mad Hanif said verses of the Qu­ran were be­ing re­cited when there was a deaf­en­ing ex­plo­sion fol­lowed by “chaos” in­side the packed hall. “More than 60 or 70 peo­ple were mar­tyred,” Hanif, 31, told the AFP news agency out­side a trauma fa­cil­ity run by Ital­ian NGO Emer­gency. He es­caped un­hurt. “They suf­fered burns, ev­ery­one in the halls was scream­ing for help.” A man­ager of Uranus Wed­ding Palace, which also hosts po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious func­tions, told AFP a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up in the mid­dle of the gath­er­ing of re­li­gious schol­ars. “There are a lot of ca­su­al­ties - I my­self have counted 30 ca­su­al­ties,” he added, on the con­di­tion of anonymity. Of­fi­cials at Kabul’s Emer­gency Hos­pi­tal said 30 am­bu­lances had rushed to the blast site and more than 40 peo­ple were crit­i­cally wounded. Afghanistan’s Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani strongly con­demned the at­tack and de­clared Wed­nes­day a day of na­tional mourn­ing, his spokesper­son, Ha­roon Chakhansuri, wrote on Twit­ter. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity. The Tal­iban con­demned the at­tack in a What­sApp mes­sage. Both the Tal­iban and the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group have stepped up at­tacks on Kabul. In June, a sui­cide at­tack tar­get­ing Mus­lim schol­ars who had gath­ered in a tent near Kabul’s Polytech­nic Uni­ver­sity killed at least seven peo­ple.

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