At least 70 wounded in Afghan bombing attack

Volunteers and policemen carry injured men on an ambulance at the scene of an explosion in front of the old Ministry of Interior building in Kabul on Jan. 27 2018
Taliban attacker driving ambulance packed with explosives kills 40 in Kabul

27 January, 2018

Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber used the ambulance to pass through one checkpoint, saying he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. Kabul has seen a slew of terror attacks in recent days. In a message on Twitter, the group said more than 70 wounded had been brought in to that hospital alone.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the bombing, which sent thick, black smoke into the sky from the site near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

The explosion happened in a busy part of the city where the High Peace Council, which is charged with negotiating with the Taliban, has offices.

Witnesses reported that the blast shattered windows of surrounding buildings and caused some smaller buildings to collapse. "It was really huge - all our windows are broken", Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council, told AFP.

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Outside, civilians walked through debris-covered streets carrying wounded people on their backs as paramedics loaded several bodies at a time into ambulances to take them to medical facilities around the city. The bombing came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an worldwide hotel in the city.

At least 75 people have been wounded in the blast, TOLO reports citing health officials.

The explosion ripped through Kabul shortly before 1pm on Saturday afternoon and shook building kilometers away. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) A wounded man is assisted at the site of an explosion in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Police confirmed a device was smuggled to a police checkpoint in the emergency vehicle before it was detonated in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

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