The Jerusalem Post:
Women and children were among the casualties, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said on Sunday.
KABUL – The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try
to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange
for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan’s
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in
2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved
in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international
forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram,
claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a
minority Shi’ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to
infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of
IS has claimed some of the most bloody attacks in Afghan cities over the past couple of years, with some aimed at the Shi’ite minority.