Sun, 16 Aug 2020

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned as 'barbaric' an attack on a wedding party in Kabul that killed at least 63 people and left 182 others injured and called an extraordinary security meeting to discuss ways to avoid such 'lapses.'

The radical militant group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it has falsely asserted connections to bombings in the past and Afghan officials were initially silent on IS's possible role.

The suspected suicide bombing, on a huge wedding reception at a hotel in western Kabul, was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year and came with Washington and the fundamentalist Taliban reportedly nearing a deal to end a nearly 18-year war.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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