At least 40 killed and dozens injured in Kabul explosion


A suicide bombing at a meeting of Afghan religious clerics in Kabul has killed at least 40 people, officials says.

Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh told RFE/RL that another 60 people were wounded in the November 20 blast, which targeted a gathering at a wedding hall to mark the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

The explosion was caused by a suicide bomber, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

He said the number of dead and wounded was “more than 50” so far.

A manager of the hotel where the blast occurred told the AFP news agency that a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the gathering.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, one of the deadliest attacks to strike the Afghan capital in months.

The Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) militant groups have been blamed for similar suicide attacks in the past.