Bei­jing slams deadly Kabul wed­ding at­tack

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China on Monday con­demned a suicide blast at a wed­ding re­cep­tion in Afghanista­n on late Satur­day night that killed 63 peo­ple, say­ing Bei­jing ex­presses deep con­do­lences to the vic­tims and deep sym­pa­thy for the in­jured and the be­reaved fam­i­lies.

At least 63 peo­ple were killed and 182 wounded in an ex­plo­sion tar­get­ing a wed­ding in the Afghan cap­i­tal, au­thor­i­ties said Sun­day.

In­te­rior min­istry spokesman Nas­rat Rahimi pro­vided the toll, which is the high­est in Kabul in re­cent months.

The Is­lamic State group (IS) on Sun­day claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, and said that one of its fight­ers blew him­self up at a “large gath­er­ing” in Kabul while oth­ers “det­o­nated a parked ex­plo­sives-laden ve­hi­cle” when se­cu­rity forces ar­rived.

“China firmly op­poses all forms of ter­ror­ism, sup­ports the ef­forts made by the Afghan govern­ment and peo­ple to fight ter­ror­ism and main­tain na­tional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,” Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Geng Shuang said at a daily press brief­ing.

The Satur­day night at­tack came as the Tal­iban and the US try to ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment on the with­drawal of US forces in ex­change for a Tal­iban com­mit­ment on se­cu­rity and peace talks with Afghanista­n’s govern­ment.

“China stands ready to work with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help Afghanista­n re­al­ize peace at an early date,” Geng said.

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