Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has promised to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) as the country marks a subdued centennial Independence Day following a horrific wedding attack in the capital on Saturday.
Ghani’s comments on Monday came as Afghanistan mourns the death of at least 63 people in the suicide bombing at a wedding reception for a young couple from the minority Shia Hazara community in western Kabul.
At least 182 others were wounded in the attack, with women and children among the casualties.
“We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood,” Ghani declared.
“Our struggle will continue against [ISIL], we will take revenge and will root them out.”
He urged the international community to join those efforts.