Kabul suicide bombing toll jumps to 95; at least 158 injured

  • Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was closed to public transport
  • Taliban claim responsibility for the attack
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KABUL – The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital city climbed to 95 Saturday, with 158 wounded, the Afghan Public Health Ministry said.

The explosion took place near the old interior ministry building, which is close to the offices of the European Union and the High Peace Council.

Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was closed to public transport.

Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack.

A week ago, Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury Kabul hotel.

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. ISIS was involved in at least 10 fatal attacks in Afghanistan last year.

On Dec. 28 a suicide bomber and other explosions at a Shia cultural center in Kabul killed at least 41 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that may have been aimed at a pro-Iran news outlet based in the building.