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The suicide bomber targets priests in the Afghan capital, 50 killed

CABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber directed a collection of hundreds of Islamic researchers in the Afghan capital on Tuesday…

CABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber directed a collection of hundreds of Islamic researchers in the Afghan capital on Tuesday and killed at least 50 people as Muslims marked the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Another 83 people were injured in the attack, with 20 of them in critical condition and the fee is likely to rise, spokeswoman Wahid Majroh told the Public Health Department.

The suicide bomber could sneak into a wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of Muslim religious researchers and clerics had gathered to mark the holiday. No one immediately claimed the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic state lender have targeted religious researchers who are in line with the government earlier.

“The victims of the attack are unfortunately all religious researchers who gathered to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday,” said Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the police chief in Kabul. He said the police had not been asked to provide security for the event, and that the bomber had easily entered the hall. Most wedding halls have private security.

Mohammad Muzamil, a waiter at the wedding hall, said he had gone into the back to pick up water for the guests when he heard the explosion.

“Everything was covered with smoke and dust,” he said. “There were dead bodies around the chairs, in large numbers.”

The police sealed paths leading to the scene. Hundreds of family members and relatives gathered in hospitals and looked at lists of those killed and wounded outside.

The Afghan president Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing and called it “an attack on Islamic values ​​and prophets Muhammad” and explain Wednesday a sad day.

“It’s an attack on humanity,” said Ghani.

UN Security Council also condemned the attack and expressed sympathy to the victims’ families

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan also condemned the bombing and expressed compassion to the victims. Afghanistan and the United States have long accused Pakistan of accommodating the Taliban, whose leadership is based there. Pakistan denies the allegations and says it uses its limited influence over the group to encourage peace efforts.

The Islamic state group claimed a suicide bomber in June who killed at least seven people and wounded 20 at a meeting with senior priests in the capital. The body of religious leaders, known as Afghanistan’s Ulema Council, had issued a decree against suicide attacks and called for peace talks. Saying that it was aimed at “tyrant monastery” who was the leader of the US backed government.

The Taliban denied involvement in the June fall but they also condemned the collection.

Both militant groups want to overthrow the US-backed government and impose a tough form of Islamic rule, but they are bitterly divided over leadership and ideology and have collided on numerous occasions.

Afghan security forces have been fighting to fight twinning efforts since the United States and NATO formally completed their battle missions in 2014, transition to a support and counter terrorism role. President Donald Trump’s decision last year to submit additional US forces has had little if any impact on the ground.

The Taliban are practicing almost daily attacks targeting security forces and authorities across the country, while the IS member has bombarded minority seite gatherings killing hundreds of civilians.

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