Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80: officials


FILE PHOTO: Afghan men dig grave during a mass funeral after a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2019.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

KABUL (Reuters) – 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 Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry.

“Seventeen others have succumbed to their injuries in hospital and over 160 are still being treated either in hospitals or at home,” Rahimi said.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain; Editing by Robeert Birsel

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