40 people killed, dozen injured after explosion at religious scholars’ meet


At least 40 people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured in an explosion near a wedding hall in Kabul, said Afghan health ministry.

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).

A government spokesperson Najib Danish was quoted as saying that a suicide bomber may have been behind the attack. The death toll in Tuesday’s attack is one of the worst in recent months in the Afghan capital.

Tolo News quoted eyewitnesses as saying that at least 1,000 people were in the hall at the time of the explosion.  “There were a lot of wounded people, I saw at least ten wounded people brought here,” the eye witness said.

An hour after the explosions ambulances were still heard rushing to-and-from the scene of the explosion to hospitals in the city center.

No groups have claimed responsibilities for today’s attack though both Taliban and IS have carried out similar attacks in the past.



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