20 killed in ambulance bomb attack in Kabul


KABUL : A suicide bombing has killed at least 20 people and injured 110 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul on Saturday, officials say.

Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was closed to public transport.

It happened near the old interior ministry building and offices of the European Union and High Peace Council. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack.

A week ago, Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury Kabul hotel.

Witnesses say the area – home to foreign embassies and the city’s police headquarters – was crowded with people when the bomb exploded on Saturday at about 12:15 local time . Plumes of smoke were seen from around the city.

Officials said the death toll would probably continue to rise as casualties were brought to hospitals for medical attention.

Extensive damage has been caused to buildings in the area.

This bombing is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in the past week, including the deadly 17-hour siege last Saturday on the Intercontinental Hotel and the attack on the Save The Children organization in Jalalabad, Nangarhar among others.

Orignally published by INP

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