The groom whose wedding was targeted by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital Kabul says he has “lost hope” after the deadly attack.
In a TV interview, Mirwais Elmi said his bride survived but his brother and other relatives were among the 63 people killed in Saturday’s attack.
Mirwais Elmi held a large wedding reception on Saturday in Kabul, however, an ISIS suicide bomber detonated a device, in a short period of time the car bomb exploded killing 63 people while 182 were heavily wounded.
The groom, Mr. Elmi, lost his brother, relatives, and friends in the attack. Meanwhile, his bride survived, but she lost 14 family members. While speaking to Afghanistan’s Tolo News, he said:
Mirwais Elmi recalled greeting smiling guests in the packed wedding hall only to see their bodies carried out hours later.
“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.”
The blast took place on night in the men’s reception area of the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul in a minority Shia neighbourhood packed with people celebrating a marriage.
The bride’s father told Afghan media that 14 members of his family had died in the attack.