Kabul suicide bomb kills 40
Rescue workers carry a wounded man from the site of a deadly suicide attack in Kabul on Saturday. (AP Photo)
KABUL: A suicide car bomber killed at least 40 people and wounded about 140 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday. The bombing came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the Afghanistan’s capital city.
The attacker used an ambulance to get through a security checkpoint, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. The attacker then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint, Rahimi said.
The Health Ministry said 40 people were killed and about 140 wounded.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the bombing, which sent thick, black smoke into the sky from the site near the former Interior Ministry building. Also nearby are the European Union and Indian consulates.
A week ago, six Taliban militants attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, leaving 22 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some 150 guests fled the gun battle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors. The US State Department said multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the attack.
On Dec 28 a suicide bomber and other explosions at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul killed at least 41 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group that may have been aimed at a pro-Iran news outlet based in the building.