Kabul in the line of fire: Over 43 killed in suicide attack, Wednesday declared as National day of mourning

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KABUL/ ISLAMABAD (ENN) At least 43 people were killed in a suicide attack on a religious gathering in Kabul on Tuesday, said the officials.

It follows a wave of bloody violence across the war-torn country in recent weeks that has killed hundreds of people as militants step up assaults amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year conflict.

At least 83 people were wounded in the blast, health ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said, which targeted religious scholars and leaders inside a wedding hall where hundreds had gathered to mark Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH) — one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Authorities told that at least 24 are in a critical condition.

“More than 60 or 70 people were martyred,” Hanif, 31, told International News agency outside a trauma facility run by Italian NGO Emergency. He escaped unhurt.

“They suffered burns, everyone in the halls was screaming for help.”

Moreover the President Ashraf Ghani declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the victims of the attack, which he described in a statement as an “unforgivable crime”.

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