At least 50 people were killed and about 70 were injured in Kabul Afghanistan after a suicide bomber attacked a hall where hundreds of religious scholars had gathered to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W) birthday, the last Prophet of Muslims on Tuesday.
As per the Kabul police spokesperson Bashir Mujahid, the attack was carried out by a lone insurgent inside the Uranus wedding hall.
“The explosion took place as hundreds of ulema (Islamic scholars) and people had gathered in the hall to observe Mawlid and recite passages from the Quran.” Mujahid was quoted as saying by Efe adding that police had not been advised of for security beforehand.
So far no group claimed the responsibility of the attack, while as Taliban has also denied the involvement in the attack.
“Taliban has energetically condemned these attacks against gatherings of civilians and religious people,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid has said in a statement.
Afghanistan health ministry spokesperson Wahidullah Majroh told Efe that all the victims are civilians.
Meanwhile, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in a statement said “once again, the terrorists have acted against the teachings of the Prophet (S.A.W).
Ghani also blamed the “unpardonable crime” on the “enemies of Islam”
The location of the Uranus wedding hall is on Airport Road in northern Kabul, where concentration of similar venues are witnessed, which are often booked for events other than weddings.