At least 50 killed in bombing of Afghan religious celebration: Officials

PHOTO: Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, happened inside a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.PlayMassoud Hossaini/AP
WATCH At least 43 killed in bombing of Afghan religious celebration: Officials

A large explosion targeting a religious gathering in Afghanistan's capital has killed at least 50 people and injured at least 72 others, the country's health ministry said.

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The people had gathered on Tuesday at a wedding hall to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, authorities said, and preliminary information shows the explosion may have been a suicide attack.

PHOTO: Afghan men carry an injured person to a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
Afghan men carry an injured person to a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.

Religious clerics had invited members of the public to the event, and the number of people injured or killed in the blast could still rise, authorities added.

PHOTO: Afghan health workers carry an injured person after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.Jawad Jalali/EPA via Shutterstock
Afghan health workers carry an injured person after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.

"The victims of the attack, unfortunately, are all religious scholars who gathered to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad," said Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, according to the Associated Press.

PHOTO: An injured man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.Rahmat Gul/AP
An injured man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.

Police security had not been requested for the event, and the bomber entered the hall easily, Mujahid said, according to the AP.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack. The Taliban denied involvement.

PHOTO: Afghan health workers carry an injured person after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.Jawad Jalali/EPA via Shutterstock
Afghan health workers carry an injured person after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani announced that a national day of mourning would take place Wednesday.

PHOTO: Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, happened inside a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.Massoud Hossaini/AP
Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, happened inside a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2018.

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