New Delhi: At least 63 people were killed and 180 were injured after an explosion ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital of Kabul. ” The blast took place inside Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Police District 6 of Kabul yesterday at around 10.40 PM (local time), interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi wrote on Twitter.
“The killed and injured were shifted by police and Kabul ambulance to hospitals. The nature of the blast and the exact number of killed and injured will be shared with media later,” he added.
The explosion comes at a time when the US and the Taliban are expected to sign off on a deal that would see American troops begin to depart Afghanistan in return for various security assurances from the insurgents.
According to the reports, dozens of people were inside the wedding hall when the explosion occurred near the stage of the two-story building.
Witnesses said the hall was packed with guests attending the wedding ceremony of an Afghan couple when the explosion hit. Ambulances were evacuating the victims as of early hours of Sunday.
Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.
Last month, six people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a wedding ceremony in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar. The Islamic State had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
(With inputs from agencies)