The United Nations condemned the deadly bombing which targeted a wedding hall in West of Kabul city leaving at least 63 people dead.
The United Nations Assistance Mission said in a statement “On the evening of 17 August, a suicide attacker detonated explosives in the Shahr-e-Dubai Wedding Hall in West Kabul where approximately 1,000 people were gathered for a Shia wedding ceremony.”
The statement further added that UNAMA’s human rights team is looking into the incident and working to establish facts.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said “An attack deliberately targeting civilians is an outrage, and deeply troubling, as it can only be described as a cowardly act of terror.”
Yamamoto further added “I condemn these deliberate attacks on civilians that signal a deliberate intent to spread fear among the population, which has already suffered too much.”
The wedding hall where the attack took place is situated in an area of the city heavily populated by Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority, UNAMA said, adding that it has documented several previous attacks deliberately carried out against this community.
“The pace of such atrocious attacks indicates that current measures in place to protect must be strengthened, and that those who have organized and enabled such attacks must be brought to justice and held to account,” said Yamamoto, who is also head of UNAMA. He also added “The United Nations stands with all Afghans in solidarity and remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the war and bring about a lasting peace.”