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Default Ambulance Used In Kabul Suicide Bombing Killing At Least 63

Ambulance Used In Kabul Suicide Bombing
Killing At Least 95, Injuring 151+

Fox News | 1 Hour Ago

Attacker drove ambulance packed with explosives.

The Taliban orchestrated a suicide car bombing that claimed the lives of at least 95 people and wounded 151+ others on Saturday in Afghanistanís capital of Kabul, authorities said.

The attacker used an ambulance filled with explosives to pass through a security checkpoint, telling police he was transporting a patient to a nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahmini, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry.

The attacker then detonated the explosives at a second check point.

Security forces inspect at the site of a deadly suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The bombing sent thick black smoke into the sky from the site near the governmentís former Interior Ministry building. Also nearby are the European Union and Indian consulates.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, claimed responsibility for the bombing. It was the second successful Taliban attack in a week on various high security targets in the city.

Last Saturday, 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 U.S. State Department said multiple American citizens were killed and injured in the attack.

Afghan security forces have struggled to fight the Taliban since the U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

Wounded people are assisted at the site of an explosion in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump has pursued a plan that involves sending thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan and envisions shifting away from a "time-based" approach to one that more explicitly links U.S. assistance to concrete results from the Afghan government. Trump's U.N. envoy, Nikki Haley, said after a recent visit to Afghanistan that Trump's policy was working and that peace talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.

On Wednesday, ISIS militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan killing four and triggering a standoff with police that lasted almost 10 hours. The Islamic State group was involved in at least 10 fatal attacks in Afghanistan last year

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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