BREAKING NEWS
This content is not available in your region

Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80 - officials

Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80 - officials
FILE PHOTO: A member of Afghan security forces runs after a blast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Parwiz   -   Copyright  PARWIZ(Reuters)
Text size Aa Aa

KABUL (Reuters) – The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said on Wednesday.

The initial death toll after the Saturday night blast was 63, but some of the wounded had died in hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry.

“Seventeen others have succumbed to their injuries in hospital and over 160 are still being treated either in hospitals or at home,” Rahimi said.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

(Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain; Editing by Robeert Birsel)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.