Afghan men comfort each other as they mourn during the funeral of their relatives after a suicide bomb blast at a wedding in Kabul [Omar Sobhani/Reuters] Afghanistans President Ashraf Ghani has promised to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) as the country marks a subdued centennial Independence Day following a horrific wedding attack in the capital on Saturday.
Ghanis comments on Monday came as Afghanistan mourns the death of at least 63 people in the suicide bombing at a wedding reception for a young couple from the minority Shia Hazara community in western Kabul.At least 182 others were wounded in the attack, with women and children among the casualties. We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood, Ghani declared.
Our struggle will continue against [ISIL], we will take revenge and will root them out.He urged the international community to join those efforts.The latest attack came as the Taliban and the United States are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistans US-backed government.
The Taliban denied involvement in the attack and condemned the blast. However, President Ghani said the group cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide [a] platform for terrorists.Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide platform for terrorists. Today is the day of mourning, hence #StateBuilder have cancelled todays gathering at the Loya Jirga tent.
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) August 18, 2019What is our sin?The suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of a dancing crowd inside the wedding hall. The bride and groom survived the attack and in an emotional interview with local broadcaster TOLOnews, the distraught groom, Mirwais Alani, said their lives were devastated within seconds.
Of the seven band members – all brothers and cousins – only the lead singer survived the attack.Why should we be killed? Its for nothing. What is our sin? What have we done wrong? We feed our children and ISIL is killing us without committing a crime, Mohammad Wahid, the drummers brother said.We ask the government why they arent stopping them? he told Al Jazeera.
As families buried their relatives, celebrations for Mondays 100th anniversary of Afghanistans independence from Britain were postponed out of respect for the blast victims, the presidents office said. Afghan wedding blast: Families grieve after suicide attack (3:03)Al Jazeeras Charlotte Bellis, reporting from Kabul, said the main event at the Darulaman Palace, which was heavily damaged during the civil war, has been cancelled.
.President Ghani had planned to celebrate how far Afghanistan had come to reopening this palace and there were going to be fireworks and a concert and it was going to be on national television, she said. In light of the attack on Saturday, they have decided not to go ahead with that.On Monday,.....