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A bomb detonated inside a hall at a wedding ceremony has left 63 persons dead and had more than 180 persons wounded.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack which had a suicide bomber target a hall packed full with guests and blew himself up.

The blast, which took place late Saturday August 17th in west Kabul at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT, was one of the deadliest attack to rock Afghanistan recently.

Afghan weddings often include hundreds of guests who gather in large halls where the men are usually segregated from the women and children.

The groom who gave his name as Mirwais told local TV: “My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting.

“I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again.”

“I can’t go to the funerals, I feel very weak … he said.

His father inlaw told local media that 14 members of his family were killed in the explosion.

There was excitement in the air as the guests danced on, before the blast.

Everyone was screaming and crying for their loved ones” recounted Munir Ahmad, 23, who was seriously injured and whose cousin was among the dead.

A waiter at the hall, Sayed Agha Shah, said “everybody was running” after the blast.

“Several of our waiters were killed or wounded,” he added.

President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack, describing it as “barbaric”.

The wedding took place in the west of the city, mostly populated by Shia Muslims.

 Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan were often targeted.

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