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Thursday 22 November 2018

Death Toll from Kabul Uranos Hotel Blast Soars to 55


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KABUL (Pajhwok Afghan News) — Blood, hats, turbans and jackets remained littered the scene of Tuesday’s bomb blast in Kabul on Wednesday, 17 hours after it killed 55 people and injured 94 others.

The Uranos hotel where the blast occurred falls in the limits of 15th police district of capital Kabul, where two separate huge gatherings at two separate halls were underway to celebrate Miladun Nabi.

A huge blast ripped the commemoration gathering of Jameia Al Ahnaf at 6:15 PM, cutting off loudspeakers when verses from Koran were being recited and sent a huge plume of smoke billowing into the air. The gathering was organised by the Mualana Jalaluddin Balkhi Foundation and another by the Jammia Al Ahnaf Kabul and hundreds of ulema and common people were in attendance.

Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said:

The suicide bomber had smartly worn the explosives around his body and entered the gathering like other ordinary persons. We have launched investigation regarding the security arrangements for the gathering. Had the hotel administration contacted security officials? All these questions have to be answered.

Concerned about yesterday’s blast, the Kabul Hotels Union (KHU) on Wednesday asked the government to provide the hotels sufficient security, otherwise they would wind up their businesses.

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