A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 50 and people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) across the world.
At least 80 people were injured in the attack and the death toll likely to rise, as 20 more people are still in critical condition, Wahid Majroh, Public Health Ministry Spokesman said.
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The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars, students and clerics had gathered to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad
The Kabul Police Chief Basir Mujahid said, the police had not been asked to provide security for the event, and that the bomber had easily slipped into the hall.
No one immediately claimed the attack, but both the Taliban and local Islamic State (IS) led-groups have targeted religious scholars aligned with the government in the past.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing, calling it “an attack on Islamic values and followers of the Prophet Muhammad,” and declaring Wednesday a day of mourning.
It is an attack on humanity: Ghani
Prime Minister Pakistan Imran Khan expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the Kabul attack. He added, the people of the two countries Pakistan and Afghanistan have paid the heaviest toll, both in terms of human lives as well as material losses but we stand firm and unshaken.
The Taliban in Afghanistan has always denied involvement in attacks on religious gatherings and scholars. Most of them are religious scholars themselves.
The Taliban carry out near-daily attacks targeting security forces and government officials across the country, while the IS affiliate has bombed gatherings of minority Shiites, killing hundreds of civilians.