- Title: Staff clear up blood, debris after Afghan wedding blast kills 63 - ministry
- Date: 18th August 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) WEDDING HALL WAITER, SAYED AGHA SHAH, SAYING: "I was in the kitchen and was coming to the hall when a huge sound heard. My ears couldn't hear anything and there were lots of injured people. Everybody was running away. Then police forces and ambulances came and transferred the wounded people. Also, several of our waiters were killed and wounded in this incident." VARIOUS OF STAFF MOPPING BLOOD FROM FLOOR OF WEDDING HALL VARIOUS OF DAMAGED ROOF AND WALLS OF WEDDING HALL VARIOUS OF BROKEN WINDOWS GLASS SHARDS ON FLOOR (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) RESIDENT OF THE AREA, MOHAMMAD HASAN, SAYING: "We were sitting in our home when the strong sound of the blast came up. We came to the site of the blast and I saw that many women and children were screaming and crying. Many martyrs and injured people were transferred by the ambulances and it was really a terrible situation." VARIOUS OF DAMAGED EXTERIORS OF WEDDING HALL VARIOUS OF POLICE VEHICLES PARKED NEAR SITE SECURITY PERSONNEL AND OTHERS GATHERING NEAR BLAST SITE
- Embargoed: 1st September 2019 04:23
- Keywords: wedding blast wedding blast Kabul wedding Kabul bomb aftermath Afghanistan Afghan wedding
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA003ASQTOP3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A suicide bomber killed 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday (August 17) night, the interior ministry said.
The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast at a west Kabul wedding hall, in a minority Shi'ite neighbourhood, packed with people celebrating a marriage.
On Sunday (August 18) morning, staff were seen clearing up blood, shoes, plates and debris from the blast. The bomber struck the men's reception area, officials said.
The attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the U.S.-backed government.
(Production: Aziz Mohammad / Hameed Farzad / Sayed Hassib)
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