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Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80: officials

The death toll in a suicide attack at a wedding in the Afghan capital has risen to 80, senior officials said on Wednesday.

Read: 63 dead, 182 injured at a wedding in Kabul: official

Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the initial death toll after the Saturday night explosion was 63, but some of the injured died in the hospital.

“Another seventeen died from their wounds in the hospital and more than 160 are still being treated in hospitals or in their homes,” Rahimi said.

Another senior Interior Ministry official said that of the 160 people injured in the wedding explosion, many were in critical condition, some of whom were not good enough for surgery.

The armed group of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Many Afghans have canceled or reduced plans for weddings and other celebrations in recent days and are asking the government to strengthen security to protect society.

The United Nations said in July that at least 3,812 Afghan civilians were killed or injured in the first half of 2019 in the war against armed groups, including a significant increase in the number of victims caused by the government and foreign forces.

KABUL (Reuters) – More than 25 weddings have been postponed in Kabul after the latest suicide attack renewed fears of the threat posed by the Islamic State at a time when the United States and the Taliban appear to be agreeing on the withdrawal of US troops, police said.

“We pay taxes to the government and it is the government’s responsibility to provide us with strict security measures.

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