Afghans mourn wedding victims, some criticize government

Associated Press

Kabul, Afghanistan – Hundreds of people have gathered in mosques in Afghanistan’s capital for memorials for scores of people killed in a horrific suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding over the weekend.

The attack late Saturday claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group has led many Afghans to question whether an expected deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting will bring peace to long-suffering civilians.

An Afghan woman cries as she touches a banner displaying photographs of victims of the Dubai City wedding hall bombing during a memorial service in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

Some mourners on Tuesday criticized the Afghan government, which is shut out of U.S.-Taliban talks. The Taliban, which are at their strongest since being toppled by a U.S.-led invasion in 2001, dismiss the government as a U.S. puppet.

More than 32,000 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed in the past decade. Saturday’s bombing added at least 63 more.