Afghan officials: Suicide attack at wedding hall kills 63
Deadliest attack in Kabul
Another 182 civilians were wounded in the Saturday night explosion, government spokesman Feroz Bashari said. Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi confirmed the toll as some families began to bury the dead.
"Forbidden and unjustifiable"
The Taliban condemned the attack as ``forbidden and unjustifiable'' and denied any involvement, leading many to suspect the Islamic State group's local affiliate in Afghanistan in the attack. Both the Taliban and IS have carried large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past.
IS claimed responsibility
The bomber detonated his explosives near the stage where musicians were playing and ``all the youths, children and all the people who were there were killed,'' said eyewitness Gul Mohammad.
"Everyone was lying all around the hall"
``I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast and then I couldn't find anyone,'' he said. ``Everyone was lying all around the hall.''
Amid the carnage were blood-covered chairs, crushed music speakers and a pile of abandoned shoes.
Greatly uncertain time
Top issues include a U.S. troop withdrawal and Taliban guarantees they would not allow Afghanistan to become a launching pad for global terror attacks.