In one of Afghanistan’s deadliest assaults on a civilian target, a suicide bomber amid celebrants young and old detonated Saturday night at a crowded wedding hall, killing 63 and wounding 182. The hall was in a neighborhood populated by the country’s Shiite Muslim Hazara minority. Such venues are one of the few places city residents can socialize — separated by gender — and weddings have largely escaped Afghanistan’s regular attacks.
Who’s responsible? The Taliban, which is currently negotiating with U.S. officials to end the 17-year conflict, called the carnage “forbidden and unjustifiable,” leading to speculation that Islamic State militants may have engineered the bombing.
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