Sui­cide bomber tar­gets cler­ics in Afghan cap­i­tal, at least 50 killed

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - RAHIM FAIEZ

KABUL — A sui­cide bomber tar­geted a gath­er­ing of hun­dreds of Mus­lim re­li­gious schol­ars in the Afghan cap­i­tal on Tues­day, killing at least 50 peo­ple, Afghan of­fi­cials said.

Pub­lic Health Min­istry spokesper­son Wahid Ma­jroh said an­other 83 peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack, which took place as Mus­lims around the world marked the birth­day of the Prophet Muham­mad. He said more than 20 peo­ple are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and that the toll could rise.

The sui­cide bomber was able to sneak into a wed­ding hall in Kabul where hun­dreds of re­li­gious schol­ars and cler­ics had gath­ered to mark the oc­ca­sion.

“The vic­tims of the at­tack un­for­tu­nately are all re­li­gious schol­ars who gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate the birth­day of Prophet Muham­mad,” said Basir Mu­jahid, spokesper­son for the Kabul po­lice chief. He said po­lice had not been asked to pro­vide se­cu­rity for the event, and that the bomber had eas­ily slipped into the hall. Most wed­ding halls have pri­vate se­cu­rity.

No one im­me­di­ately claimed the at­tack, but both the Tal­iban and a lo­cal Is­lamic State af­fil­i­ate have tar­geted re­li­gious schol­ars aligned with the govern­ment in the past.

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