Death toll in Afghan wedding blast reaches 80: officials

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Death toll in Afghan wedding blast reaches 80: officials

Kabul (Agencies): The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said on Wednesday.


The initial death toll after the Saturday night blast was 63, but some of the wounded had died in hospital, said a spokesman at the interior ministry.

Among the 160 people wounded at the wedding blast, many are in critical condition, some not well enough to undergo surgery, said a second senior interior ministry official.

The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack.

IS said one of its fighters blew himself up at a “large gathering” in Kabul while others “detonated a parked explosives-laden vehicle” when security forces arrived, in a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app.