Afghanistan: Bomb blast in Kabul kills 40, injures at least 110

Marsha Scott
January 27, 2018

Reports say at least 17 people have been killed and 100 others have been wounded, with officials describing it as a "massacre". "He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital and at the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden vehicle", interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

That attack, which killed more than 20 people, was claimed by the Taliban.

Mirwais Yasini, a member of parliament who was nearby when the explosion occurred, described the horrific scene.

The official added there was a "number" of people were scene lying on the ground.

"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 and at the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden auto".

In a message on Twitter, the group said more than 50 wounded had been brought in to that hospital alone.

Witnesses reported that the blast shattered windows of surrounding buildings and caused some smaller buildings to collapse.

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Outside the hospital, people were carrying the injured on their backs and paramedics loaded several people into ambulances at once.

The blast comes just a week after a on the Intercontinental Hotel in the city. The Council was set up in 2010 to negotiate with the insurgent group. It was really huge - all our windows are broken.

The Health Ministry said 40 were killed and about 140 wounded.

A security alert issued to foreigners on Saturday morning warned that ISIL, which has terrorised the Afghan capital in recent months, was planning "to conduct aggressive attacks" on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners. At least 11 people were wounded in the attack.

The explosion ripped through Kabul shortly before 1pm on Saturday afternoon and shook building kilometers away.

The old building of the Afghan Interior Ministry is located at the area.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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