Friday, 18 October, 2019

Dozens Killed, More Than 100 Wounded In Taliban Car Bombing In Kabul

Patty Aguilar | 27 January, 2018, 13:58

Police had identified the auto bomb before the detonation but had hoped to push it away from the crowd when the suicide bomber detonated the explosives, according to Afghan news network Ariana.

Interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had used the ambulance to pass through one checkpoint, saying he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. In a message on Twitter, the group said more than 50 wounded had been brought in to that hospital alone.

Public healthy ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismayeel Kawosi confirmed the casualty figures and said the wounded have been taken to different hospitals across the city.

The explosive laden ambulance was detonated between two checkpoints outside the old Ministry of Interior building close to Sedarat Square, close to well known Chicken Street.

The official added there was a "number" of people were scene lying on the ground. Some low-rise structures in the vicinity of the explosion also collapsed.

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That attack, which killed more than 20 people, was claimed by the Taliban.

Photos shared on social media purportedly of the blast showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky. "It was really huge - all our windows are broken", said Hassina Safi, a member of the High Peace Council, which is charged with negotiating with the Taliban.

"It targeted our checkpoint". He said he didn't know yet if any of their members are wounded or killed. An attack in December on a cultural center killed at least 41 people.

Earlier today, a security alert was issued to foreigners warning that the Islamic State, which has terrorised the city in recent months, was planning "to conduct aggressive attacks" on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners.

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