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Taliban attacker kills 98 in ambulance bomb

Authorities say the attacker could not be stopped.

A suspected suicide bomber driving an ambulance packed with explosives detonated them Saturday in the Afghan capital of Kabul killing 95 people and injuring 158 others according to Afghan officials.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a week after militants storm a Kabul hotel.

The blast occurred around 12:45 p.m. local time after the vehicle passed through a security checkpoint, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi according to CNN reports.

Police identified the attacker at a second checkpoint but couldn’t stop him before he detonated the explosives near the old Ministry of the Interior building, Rahimi said.

The injured have been taken to hospitals across the Afghan capital, said spokesman Wahid Majrooh of the Ministry of Public Health, who confirmed the casualties. He said the toll was likely to rise.

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, condemned the attack, describing it as “insane, inhuman, heinous and a warcrime,” via his Twitter handle.

He also called on the international community to “take further action” against “state-sponsored terrorism.”

“Our priority and focus right now is to help those in need and provide the best treatment for those wounded,” he wrote. “This is the moment when we all need to stand together and punch our enemy hard. This is enough!

 

 

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