Suicide Bomber kills 55 in Kabul Attack

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Suicide Bomber kills 55 in Kabul Attack

By IndraStra Global News Team

Suicide Bomber kills 55 in Kabul Attack | Image Attribute: Inside of a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, is seen Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, a day after a suicide attack. A suicide bomber was able to sneak into the wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Image Attribute: Inside of a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, is seen Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, a day after a suicide attack. A suicide bomber was able to sneak into the wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

On November 20, 2018 (Kabul) - More than 50 people were killed and another 94 were injured in a suicide attack at Uranus Wedding Hall in northern Kabul. 

The victims included religious scholars from all over Afghanistan, invited by the Ulema Council to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. The Ulema Council, the country's largest religious organization, brought together scholars from the Sunni sect.

At 6:00 pm local time (13:30 GMT), the attack was carried out by a "suicide bomber" who blew himself up. The particular suicide attack comes after the last week's meeting between Taliban and US representatives in Qatar, where they were indulged into a peace negotiation to end 17-year old Afghan conflict.

"As of now, we don't know which militant organization could be behind the attack. Investigations are at a preliminary stage," a senior investigator who was at the site said on November 21.

No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.


The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, quickly denied any involvement in the attack and said that "the Islamic Emirate (as Taliban call themselves) strongly condemns the attacks on civilians and religious scholars," for which he described the action of "evil plans of the enemy." 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack perpetrated by "the enemies of Islam" and called it "an unforgivable crime," according to a statement. "It is a crime against Islam and humanity (...), the terrorists have acted against the teachings of the prophet," Ghani concluded. He declared a national day of mourning on November 21.

Afghanistan's High Peace Council also condemning the attack said Afghan people will work for peace and stability despite all the challenges they may face in this way. 

The U.S. ambassador to Kabul, John Bass, tweeted that he was "sickened and saddened by tonight's terror attack."

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said it was "outraged by Kabul bombing when communities across Afghanistan are marking the day of special religious significance." 

This year, Kabul has been the scene of multiple attacks, the last of which occurred near a protest rally by hundreds of members of the Shiite Hazara minority, which left at least 3 dead and 8 injured. 

Earlier in January 2018, a suicide bomber blew up an "ambulance", a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), near the former Ministry of the Interior's building in the center of Afghanistan's capital - a secure zone itself, which houses various government offices and foreign embassies. In that attack, at least 95 people were killed and 158  were injured.