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Deadly explosion pervades the wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan

The explosion occurred around 10:40 pm. Local time (13:40 CET) in the Shahr-e-Dubai wedding hall in the capital, said the spokesman of the Interior Ministry Nasrat Rahimi.

Among the victims are dead, Rahimi said, though he had no exact numbers.

About 20 people were brought to a hospital in Kabul, led by the Italian non-governmental organization Emergency, who lived near the venue and did not want to be identified, according to a tweet published by the organization, CNN said.

"When I came outside, I saw smoke from the hall, I saw bodies and injured people brought to hospitals by Kabul police and ambulances, we are too shocked, too upset about the incident."

No further details about the explosion or losses were available immediately.

  A policeman guards on Sunday after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan.

[19659004] The venue is located in Westkabul, an area inhabited by many of Afghanistan's Shiite Hazara minorities. It is also near the Darul Aman Palace, where President Ashraf Ghani will celebrate Afghan Independence Day on Monday.

Earlier this month, 14 people were killed and 145 injured in the same district when three suicide bombers blew up an improvised explosive device outside the gate of the police station.
The Taliban took responsibility for the August 7 attack, even as the terrorist group negotiated a peace plan with Washington.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the number was incorrectly stated as the death toll in the explosion at a wedding ceremony in Kabul. It is not known immediately.

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