A bomb attack targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital of Kabul has left at least 63 people dead and more than 180 others injured, a government official says.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi confirmed the casualties and said the blast took place at a wedding hall in the west of Kabul late Saturday.
“Among the wounded are women and children,” Rahimi said.
In a statement, the Taliban militant group denied responsibility for the explosion at the wedding hall, which was located in a minority Shia neighborhood and packed with people celebrating a marriage.
“Everyone ran outside shouting and crying,” a witness said. “For about 20 minutes the hall was full of smoke. Almost everyone in the men’s section is either dead or wounded.”
Sources said the injured were taken to hospital for treatment and that the death toll may increase as many of those wounded are in critical conditions.