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Authorities in Afghanistan are struggling to figure out who's responsible for a suicide bombing that killed at least 55 people mostly religious goers on Tuesday. The Taliban has denied any responsibility for the attack. The targeted are gathering of religious delegates from around Afghanistan. They'd gathered to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
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And on Wednesday, the events organizers condemned the bloody attack.>>
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> Nobody has ever heard of an attack on the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed's birth, that's an inhuman act. Afghan officials said investigations into the attack were at an early stage. But on Wednesday, speculation on a motive was rife in the capital.
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The aim could have been to undermine the government of President Ashraf Ghani or to put pressure on the government's western allies, as they pursue talks with the Taliban. But without knowing who blew up the gathering of Sunni scholars, any theories on what motivated it were also simply guesses.
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While both main military groups in the country, the Taliban and Islamic State are also Sunni. They have targeted religious scholars before who've been aligned with the central government. Last week, Taliban leaders met a US special envoy in Qatar, an attempt to pave the way for official peace talks to end the country's 17 year war.
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It's the second meeting between the two parties in the past month. And the US envoy has now set a deadline of April 20 to end the war. Hospital officials in Kabul said the toll from Tuesday's attack could rise as most of those wounded in the bombing has suffered severe injuries.
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