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Ghani postpones 100th I-Day celebrations

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Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Afghanistan postpones 100th I-Day celebrations as a suicide bomber kills 63 wedding guests….reports Asian Lite News

KABUL, Aug. 18, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2019 shows a blast site inside Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. At least 63 people were killed and over 180 others wounded in Saturday night's suicide explosion at a wedding hall in western Kabul, police of the Afghan capital confirmed on Sunday. (Xinhua/Rahmatullah Alizadah/IANS) by Xinhua Kabul.
Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2019 shows a blast site inside Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. At least 63 people were killed and over 180 others wounded in Saturday night\’s suicide explosion at a wedding hall in western Kabul, police of the Afghan capital confirmed on Sunday. (Xinhua/Rahmatullah Alizadah/IANS)

The Afghan government has postponed celebrations to commemorate the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan which was scheduled for Monday in the historic Dar-ul-Aman Palace.

Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said the Secretariat tasked to organise the 100th Independence Celebrations of Afghanistan has postponed the event as per President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s instructions in a bid to pay respect to families of deadly bombing attack victims in Kabul, reported Khaama Press.

Sediqqi further added that that the President will deliver a speech and lay wreath in Independence Minaret to honour the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan and pay tribute to the martyrs of the freedom.

This comes as a suicide bomber targeted a wedding ceremony in West of Kabul city late on Saturday night killing 63 and wounding 182.

An IS statement said that one of its fighters blew himself up at a “large gathering” while others “detonated a parked explosives-laden vehicle” when emergency services arrived.

The attack took place in a district populated mainly by Shia Muslims.

Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban and the Islamic State group, have repeatedly targeted Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the victims of the deadly bombing were buried on Sunday. Most of them were laid to rest in groups.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement said: ” I strongly condemn the inhumane attack on the wedding hall. “My top priority, for now, is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack,” reported Tolo News.

Taliban in a statement rejected any involvement in the attack and said they condemn the incidents which target women and children.

But Afghan President Ghani said, “Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame because they provide a platform for terrorists.”

Islamic State

The bridegroom whose wedding was targeted by the bomber says he has “lost hope” after the deadly attack.

In a TV interview, Mirwais Elmi said his bride survived but his brother and other relatives were among the 63 people killed in Saturday’s attack.

The Islamic State group has admitted carrying out the bombing, which also wounded more than 180.

In the interview with Tolo News, Mirwais Elmi recalled greeting smiling guests in the packed wedding hall only to see their bodies carried out hours later.

“My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting,” he said.

“I’ve lost hope. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again.

“I can’t go to the funerals, I feel very weak … I know that this won’t be the last suffering for Afghans, the suffering will continue,” he added.

The bride’s father told Afghan media that 14 members of his family had died in the attack.

 

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