Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said more than 80 other people were injured in the attack.
“A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a wedding hall where religious scholars had gathered to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him),” Danish said.
The attacker entered a banquet room in the Uranus wedding hall, a massive complex housing several large banqueting halls near Kabul airport, and detonated his explosives
“Hundreds of Islamic scholars and their followers had gathered to recite verses from the holy Quran to observe the Eid Milad-un-Nabi festival at the private banquet hall,” said Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police.
Officials at Kabul’s Emergency Hospital said 30 ambulances had rushed to the blast site and over 40 people were critically wounded.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blast.
It is pertinent to mention here that a suspected suicide bomber had blown himself up in front of an educational centre in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15, killing at least 25 people, officials said.
The Taliban, who had been intensifying their attacks against military and government centres in recent weeks, issued a statement denying involvement.