On Wednesday, two senior officials announced that the death toll from a suicide bombing at a wedding reception in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been raised to 80.
The Saturday night blast left 63 dead, but some of the wounded died in the hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for 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.
Among the 160 people wounded at the wedding blast, many are in critical condition, some not well enough to undergo surgery, said a second senior interior ministry official.
The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghan citizens have cancelled or scaled back plans for weddings and other festivities in recent days and are demanding that the government tightens security to protect society.
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20 September, 2019