IS claims responsibility for Afghan wedding attack that killed 63 people

IS claims responsibility for Afghan wedding attack that killed 63 people

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Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack at a wedding in Afghanistan on Saturday (local time) which killed 63 people and wounded 182 more.

A suicide bomber set off explosives during the celebrations at the Dubai City wedding hall in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

As many as 1,000 people were in attendance, a witness estimated.

One wounded survivor, Mohammad Aslim, still wore his bloodied clothes the day after the blast late Saturday. He and his friends had already buried 16 bodies, among them several close relatives, including a 7-year-old boy, and are waiting to bury more.

A mass funeral was held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, for those killed by the attack.

The attack comes as the United States and the Taliban seek to reach an agreement to end nearly 18 years of fighting.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday called the attack “horrible” and was optimistic about the state of negotiations, but local officials are concerned that an agreement with the Taliban could drive some fundamentalist toward IS.

Celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence from the United Kingdom on Monday have been curtailed out of respect for the victims, the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said.

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