'Everyone immediately tried to escape,' one guest said. But the boy's suicide vest detonated, killing more than 40 and wounding at least 80, said a police chief who witnessed the attack.
Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —
The boy, dressed in white and thought to be no older than 13, appeared amid the din of a wedding party in a small southern Afghan village and walked up to within 15 feet of a cluster of tables where everyone was eating. As he prepared to detonate his suicide bomb vest, the gathering flew into a panic.
"Everyone immediately tried to escape," said Abdullah Jan, a guest at the wedding. But there was no time.
The boy's suicide vest packed with explosives detonated, killing more than 40 people and wounding at least 80, said Zemarai Khan, a local police chief who was at the wedding and witnessed the attack.