Death toll rising after bomb explodes in ambulance in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan – An ambulance loaded with explosives was detonated in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158, Afghan officials said.
The early afternoon explosion occurred after the ambulance passed through a security checkpoint, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN.
Police identified the attacker at a second checkpoint but were unable to stop him before he detonated the explosives near the old Ministry of the Interior building, Rahimi said.
“It is a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, an emergency aid coordinator.
“I was sitting in the office when the explosion went off,” said Alam, an office worker whose head was badly cut in the blast, told Reuters. “All the windows shattered, the building collapsed and everything came down.”
The International Red Cross said the use of an ambulance was “harrowing,” the BBC reported.
Afghanistan’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, tweeted that the attack was “insane, inhuman, heinous and a war crime.”
We condemn this terrorist act and share the sorrows and loses of our people. Our priority and focus right now is to help those in need and provide the best treatment for those wounded. This is the moment when we all need to stand together and punch our enemy hard. This is enough!
— Dr. Abdullah (@afgexecutive) January 27, 2018
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