95 killed, 158 injured after Taliban explodes ambulance packed with explosives in Kabul [Photos]

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban

FP Staff January 27, 2018 18:27:07 IST
An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing 95 people and wounding over 150, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. AP
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An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing 95 people and wounding over 150, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. AP
The explosion, one of the biggest since a truck bomb ripped through the Afghan capital's diplomatic quarter on 31 May last year, triggered chaotic scenes as terrified people fled the area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Security forces inspect the site of the suicide attack. AP
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The explosion, one of the biggest since a truck bomb ripped through the Afghan capital's diplomatic quarter on 31 May last year, triggered chaotic scenes as terrified people fled the area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Security forces inspect the site of the suicide attack. AP
The force of the blast shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres away and shattered windows within hundreds of metres of the site. AP
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The force of the blast shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres away and shattered windows within hundreds of metres of the site. AP
"The suicide bomber used an ambulance to pass through the checkpoints. He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate Hospital, but after he was recognised at the second checkpoint, he blew his explosive-laden car," interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. AP
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"The suicide bomber used an ambulance to pass through the checkpoints. He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate Hospital, but after he was recognised at the second checkpoint, he blew his explosive-laden car," interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. AP
The explosion comes exactly a week after Taliban militants stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul, killing at least 22 people, a majority of them foreigners. Security forces are driven to the site of a deadly suicide attack in the centre of Kabul. AP
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The explosion comes exactly a week after Taliban militants stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul, killing at least 22 people, a majority of them foreigners. Security forces are driven to the site of a deadly suicide attack in the centre of Kabul. AP
A security alert issued to foreigners on Saturday morning had warned that the Islamic State group, which has terrorised the city in recent months, was planning "to conduct aggressive attacks" on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners. An injured man is moved by a stretcher outside a hospital following the suicide attack. AP
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A security alert issued to foreigners on Saturday morning had warned that the Islamic State group, which has terrorised the city in recent months, was planning "to conduct aggressive attacks" on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners. An injured man is moved by a stretcher outside a hospital following the suicide attack. AP