Women and children were among the casualties, said the Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi. Nasrat Rahimi said that about 20 people were taken to a Kabul hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency. However, calling the blast “forbidden and unjustifiable”, the Afghan Taliban denied any responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid saying they condemn the suicide attack on civilians. The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan’s US-backed government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the “inhumane attack” on his twitter handle.
Aftermath of Kabul Explosion pic.twitter.com/5KhGgXQLa5— Muslim Shirzad (@MuslimShirzad) August 17, 2019
The venue is in western Kabul, which is near the Darul Aman Palace, where President Ashraf is expected to celebrate Afghan Independence Day. Just a few weeks back, the Taliban killed 14 people and wounded more than 140 in a car bomb attack outside a Kabul police station.
I strongly condemn the inhumane attack on the wedding hall in Kabul last night. My top priority for now is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack. On behalf of the nation I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were martyred.— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) August 18, 2019