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Attacker driving ambulance packed with explosives kills 95 in Kabul

28 January, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Terrorists tried to conceal explosive material within the tiny child's clothing as they were making their way to Kunduz to carry out an atrocity. File

The Taliban orchestrated a suicide vehicle bombing that claimed the lives of at least 95 people and wounded 158 others on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, authorities said. "We convey our deepest sympathies for those who have lost their loved ones and our honest prayers and wishes are for early recovery of those who have sustained injuries in this terrible terror attack", said the spokesperson.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that the explosion was triggered by a suicide auto bomb explosion targeting a group of police personnel near the old building of the ministry of interior.

Images posted on social media show a plume of grey smoke rising from the blast area. He said the mosque's windows shattered, wounding him slightly, and he came out to help evacuate more seriously hurt people to hospitals.

It has been a month of relentless attacks in Afghanistan, with the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate making alternate claims of responsibility. The driver then detonated explosives at a second checkpoint near government buildings and embassies. On or hand, Italian Emergency NGO, specializing in war surgery, has reported that he attended 50 wounded in his hospital, and his coordinator leave Panic, he has called it "massacre".

A member of the U.S. president, Donald Trump electoral campaign was among the people killed in the Taliban's attack on the Intercontinental Hotel, according to reports. This is the second major Taliban attack in the capital this week.

Around 150 guests fled the mass shooting with some escaping the hotel by using bedsheets to climb down from windows.

As hospitals struggled under an influx of wounded and forensics experts worked to identify those killed, officials suggested that casualties were likely to rise, according to the New York Times.

With much of central Kabul now a heavily fortified zone of high concrete blast walls and police checkpoints since the bombing last May, there were angry questions about how the attacker had been able to set off the blast so close to embassies and government buildings.

He said a number of people were lying on the ground.

ISIS militants on Wednesday attacked the offices of British aid agency Save the Children in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. 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.

A 24-year-old hotel employee said, "They didn't attack".



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