November 2018 Kabul bombing

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November 2018 Kabul suicide bombing
Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Kabul is located in Afghanistan
Kabul (Afghanistan)
LocationKabul, Afghanistan
Date20 November 2018
Targetreligious scholars
PerpetratorsUnknown; suspected ISIS militants

A suicide bombing occurred on Tuesday 20 November 2018 in the city of Kabul. The Afghan Health Ministry announced that over 50 people were killed and 94 were wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion falls on the Islamic State. [1]


The attack took place in a wedding hall, where religious scholars were gathering to celebrate Prophet Muhammad's birthday.[2] Some thousand were said to be at the event, the bomber made his way into the event where he detonated his explosives. [3] It is unknown who committed the bombing but it is believed ISIS committed the attack due to their success in Afghanistan.[4]


The United Nations condemned the attack, calling it an atrocity.[2] The Taliban also condemned the attack, stating "our men were not involved in the Kabul blast and we condemn the loss of human lives".[5] President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and stated "a crime against Islam and humanity.”[6]


  1. ^ "Death toll rises in suicide bombing of Islamic gathering in Kabul". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ a b "'Brutal and barbaric': Victims recount horror of Kabul attack". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. ^ "Dozens die as Kabul bomber targets clerics". BBC News. 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. ^ "Analysis | How the Islamic State got a foothold in Afghanistan". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  5. ^ "More Than 50 Killed by Suicide Bomber in Kabul Banqueting Hall". IJR. 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  6. ^ "At Least 55 Killed in Bombing of Afghan Religious Gathering". Retrieved 2018-11-26.