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Afghan groom says he will 'never see happiness again' after ISIS attack at his wedding

19 Aug 2019 Daily Mail Online

A groom who saw 63 of his wedding guests - including his brother - killed in an ISIS suicide attack in Afghanistan has said he will 'never see happiness in my life again.'

Mirwais Elmi was hosting a large wedding reception in the capital Kabul on Saturday when ISIS claims one suicide bomber detonated a device, before a second car bomb blew up as ambulances arrived. 182 people were wounded.

Mr Elmi explained how he lost his brother, friends and other relatives in the blast. His bride survived, he said, but lost 14 members of her family.

Mirwais Elmi, whose wedding in Kabul on Saturday was attacked by two ISIS bombers, has said he will 'never see happiness again' after 63 of his loved ones were killed and 182 wounded

Mirwais (pictured right with a relative) told how he lost his brother in the bombing, while his bride - who survived - lost 14 members of her family

Mirwais explained that he is too weak to attend funerals for his family members while his bride cannot talk and keeps fainting

Speaking to Afghanistan's Tolo News, he said: 'My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride keeps fainting.

'I've lost hope. I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will never see happiness in my life again.

'I can't go to the funerals, I feel very weak ... I know that this won't be the last suffering for Afghans, the suffering will continue.'


ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened in an area largely populated by Shia Muslims. 

ISIS, which is Sunni, has repeatedly targeted Shia Hazara minorities in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Taliban, which is also Sunni, has condemned the blast - though Afghan authorities said the group still bears some responsibility.

'The Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame for they provide platform for terrorists,' President Ashraf Ghani said on Twitter. 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one suicide bomber blew himself up inside the venue before a car bomb exploded as emergency services arrived (pictured, men attend funerals of some of the victims)

The attack came in an area of Kabul populated by the Shia Hazara minority, which as been repeatedly targeted by Sunni ISIS militants (pictured, men weep as they attend funerals)

An Afghan boy is supported by a relative as they attend funerals for some of the 63 people killed by a suicide blast in Kabul

Afghan men offer funeral prayers over the coffins of seven of the 63 people killed as funerals are held throughout today

The blast follows a bomb attack on a mosque in Pakistan on Friday that killed a brother of Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada. 

No one has claimed responsibility for that explosion, which killed four people and wounded 20.

At least 40 people were killed in an explosion at a wedding hall in Kabul in November.

Three weeks ago, a Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 people and wounded 145, also in western Kabul, in an attack that the government said raised questions about the militants' commitment to peace amid talks with the US.

American negotiators have reported progress in talks with their Taliban counterparts on an agreement centered on US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a security guarantee. 

Women and children were among the casualties after explosions at the west Kabul wedding hall on Saturday

The extent of the damage can be seen in this image, which captures the impact of the explosion on the ceiling tiles

In the aftermath of the bomb people are sent in to the wedding venue to survey the destruction following the overnight attack

The shoes of victims are seen outside a damaged wedding hall after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, August 18

Taliban negotiators were preparing for what they hope will be a final round of talks, the officials said. No date for a new round has been set. 

The Taliban have been fighting to expel foreign forces and re-establish an Islamic state since they were ousted in October 2001, weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

Both U.S. negotiators and the Taliban have reported progress after eight rounds of talks since late last year.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire for a U.S. pullout from Afghanistan and an end to America's longest war. Top U.S. national security advisers briefed Trump on Friday on the negotiations.

The Afghan government has not been involved in the talks because the militants refuse to deal with an administration they see as a US puppet.

A wounded man receives treatment at the Wazie Akbar Khan hospital after the deadly bomb rocked the wedding reception in west Kabul last night

There are concerns among Afghan officials and U.S. national security aides about the talks with fears Afghanistan could plunge into a new civil war that could see a return of Taliban rule and international militants finding a sanctuary.

Under the expected deal, the Taliban, in exchange for a U.S. commitment on a withdrawal, would guarantee Afghanistan would not be a sanctuary for militants to plot new attacks, both sides have said.

The Taliban are also expected to promise to open power-sharing talks with the government and agree to a ceasefire.

About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a US-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces.

Some US forces carry out counter-terrorism operations.

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