Taliban claim Kabul explosion that left 40 dead, around 140 wounded

28 January, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Kim Reid
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Dozens were murdered and at least 140 were wounded when a bomb strapped to an ambulance exploded at an Afghan Police checkpoint in Kabul.

"The majority of the dead in the attack are civilians, but of course we have military casualties as well", Rahimi said.

The blast took place close to the old compound of the ministry of interior of Afghanistan after a bomb hidden in an ambulance went off.

Shops, buildings including Jamhoriat or republic hospital building and many cars were severely damaged.

"We express deep grief and sorrow at the loss of precious human lives in this terrorist attack in which a number of people have also been reportedly injured", said a statement from the Foreign Office spokesperson on Saturday.

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The Taleban claimed responsibility for the suicide blast, a week after they claimed the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in which more than 20 people were killed.

What is more shocking is that the Taliban fighters used a four-month-old baby to hide a bomb which they meant to use in a sick terror attack.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a message on the social network Telegram stating that "a martyr in a auto bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry".

The brazen Taliban attack has been receiving widespread condemnations from the Afghan government as well as global community and humanitarian groups particularly for the militants' use of ambulance in this terrorist attack and claiming so many civilian lives.

The Swedish and Dutch embassies as well as the European Union mission and an Indian consular office are also nearby but there were no reports that any of their staff had been hurt in the attack.

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Baseer Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said the bomber had driven past the first checkpoint at the entrance to the street. It was the second successful Taliban attack in a week on various high security targets in the city.

In a message on Twitter, the group said more than 70 wounded and seven dead had been brought in to that hospital alone. Some 150 guests fled the gun battle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors. He said the toll was likely to rise.

The Jamuriate hospital, the nearest to the scene, was overwhelmed, with many people lying in corridors waiting to be treated.

On Wednesday, IS militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan killing four and triggering a standoff with police that lasted nearly 10 hours. One of the hostages, Afghan Telecom executive Aziz Tayeb said, "I saw people who were enjoying themselves a second ago screaming and fleeing like insane, and some of them falling down, hit by bullets", Guardian reported.

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