Dozens Die in Wedding Party Blast in Afghan Capital

DOZENS of people were killed or wounded as suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

Authorities said more than 1,000 people had been invited.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the attacker set off explosives among the wedding participants. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State group carry out bloody attacks in the capital.

The blast reportedly occurred near the stage where musicians were and “all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed,” a witness said.

Outside a local hospital, families wailed. Others were covered in blood.

Saturday night’s explosion came a few days after the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, with Kabul residents visiting family and friends, and just before Afghanistan marks its 100th independence day on Monday under heavier security in a city long familiar with checkpoints and razor wire.

The blast comes at a greatly uncertain time in Afghanistan as the United States and the Taliban near a deal to end a nearly 18-year war, America’s longest conflict.

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