Kabul Suicide Attack: At least 95 Killed by Ambulance Bomb claimed by Taliban

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Kabul Suicide Attack: At least 95 Killed by Ambulance Bomb claimed by Taliban

By IndraStra Global News Team


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Afghanistan's Government has announced the death toll in a massive suicide car bomb attack executed through an explosives-laden ambulance in a crowded area in central Kabul has risen to 95 from 63, with 158 others wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a week after militants killed 22 people in Kabul's InterContinental hotel.

Baryalai Hilali, the director of the Government Media and Information Center, told reporters that the toll might rise further as some of the wounded brought to hospitals were in "critical condition." 

He said the injured were taken to Jamhuriat, Emergency, Wazir Akbar Khan and National Directorate of Security (NDS) hospitals for treatment. “This is toll is not final and may change," he said.

According to the Interior Ministry the sucide bomber used an ambulance to pass through multiple-checkpoints. The blast occurred around 12:45 p.m  (08:45 GMT) local time after the vehicle passed through a security checkpoint. He detonated the explosives near the old Ministry of the Interior building.

“He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to the [nearby] Jumhuryat hospital and at the second checkpoint he was recognized and blew his explosive-laden car," Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told the AFP news agency.

Map Attribute: The location of attack highlighted in red | (c) 2018 GeoEye, Google Maps

Map Attribute: The location of attack highlighted in red | (c) 2018 GeoEye, Google Maps

President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah strongly condemned the attack.

International Reactions


"I condemn today's senseless and cowardly bombing in Kabul and those who perpetrated it," U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass said in an official statement. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. My government and I stand with the brave people of Afghanistan. Their work to create a peaceful, prosperous future for all the citizens of this country is the best response to terrorists and others who know only violence."

"There can be no justification for such reprehensible attacks. The perpetrators of these attacks and their supporters should be brought to justice," the India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

With reporting by dpa AFP, tolonews.com, Reuters, RFE/RL and AP