Mon, 16 Sep 2019

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding party in Kabul last week has risen to 80, two senior Afghan officials said on August 21.

The initial death toll after the August 17 explosion was 63, but some of the wounded had died in hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, an Interior Ministry spokesman.

'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 (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on a huge wedding reception at a hotel in western Kabul.

The attack was the 17th to take place in Kabul since the beginning of the year and the second deadliest one in August alone.

At least 193 people have died and nearly 900 others have been injured in the attacks.

The attack came with Washington and the Taliban reportedly nearing a deal to end the nearly 18-year war

With reporting by Reuters and dpa

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

More Central Asia News

Access More

Sign up for Kyrgyzstan News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!