Death toll from Kabul wedding bombing reaches 80

AFP

KABUL -- The death toll from the suicide attack on a wedding party in Kabul reached at least 80, an official said Wednesday (August 21), as the Afghan capital still reels from the deadliest blast in more than a year.

A suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall in west Kabul August 17 as celebrations were in full swing.

The initial death toll was reported to be at least 63, with more than 180 people wounded.

"The death toll has now risen to 80," Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

"Some injured people with critical wounds ... have lost their lives," he said.

It was Kabul's deadliest attack since January 2018 when the Taliban packed an ambulance with explosives and detonated it in a crowded street -- killing 103 people, according to an official toll.

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