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Suicide bomber attacks wedding in Kabul, killing at least 63

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A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 63 people and injuring more than 180 others, local officials and witnesses say. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack happened at about 10:40 p.m. local time on Saturday when a large explosion occurred in the male section of a wedding hall in western Kabul, where a wedding reception was taking place. More than 1,000 people were at the venue.

Footage from the scene showed a seating area covered in blood while people outside were trying to find out if their loved ones survived. One family alone was reported to have lost 14 relatives.

Government spokesman Feroz Bashari said 63 people, including a number of children, were confirmed to have died in Saturday’s attack, making it one of the city’s worst bombings this year. At least 182 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the Taliban denied any involvement.

“Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul,” presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter. “A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself inside a wedding?!! .. Why this enmity against innocent Afghans!!!”

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