A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an explosion at a packed wedding hall Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the country’s interior ministry.
An Afghan government spokesperson said the bomber detonated inside the wedding reception, where more than 1,000 guests had gathered to celebrate a marriage.
“Everybody was running,” a waiter at the hall, Sayed Agha Shah, told Reuters.
“Several of our waiters were killed and wounded.”
Outside the hall people were searching for relatives and broken glass covered the ground, Jennifer Glasse reports for NPR from Kabul.
A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, called the attack a “heinous crime against our people,” Glasse says.
The Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday. The Taliban denied being behind it. Below is video from the aftermath.