External Affairs Ministry has condemned the attack on a wedding in Kabul that claimed the lives of 63 people. An alleged ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up
New Delhi: India on Sunday (August 18) strongly condemned the "horrific" bombing at a wedding hall in Kabul in which over 60 people were killed.
In a statement, the external affairs ministry said perpetrators of the heinous terror attack as well as those providing shelter to terrorists must be brought to justice "expeditiously".
An ISIS suicide bomber attacked a packed wedding hall in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, leaving 63 people dead and 182 injured, according to officials there.
"India strongly condemns the horrific bombing in Kabul yesterday at a wedding hall in which innocent civilians lost their lives," the MEA statement said.
"We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this cowardly attack and wish early recovery to the injured," it added.
The suicide blast took place on Saturday night in the men's reception area of the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul, packed with people celebrating a marriage.
Women and children were among the casualties, said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry. The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.
The blast comes 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.
The Taliban denied any involvement, calling Saturday's blast "forbidden and unjustifiable", but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the group "cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide (a) platform for terrorists".
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Last Updated Aug 19, 2019, 8:56 AM IST