BREAKING

Car bomb explodes in central Kabul, killing at least 95


          A car bomb has exploded in a crowded area in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least 95 people and injuring more than 160 others, local officials and witnesses say. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident happened at about 12:45 p.m. local time on Saturday when an explosives-laden ambulance was detonated near Sadarat Square in Kabul. It happened near a former building of the Interior Ministry, as well as buildings housing an intelligence agency, the Afghan High Peace Council, and foreign embassies.

Only few details were immediately available, but the Afghan Health Ministry said at least 95 people had been killed as a result of the blast. In addition, about 160 people were transported to area hospitals, including 70 victims who were rushed to the Emergency Hospital.

"It's a massacre," said Dejan Panic, the coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency.

The exact number of casualties was not immediately known but the death toll is likely to rise. Photos and videos from the scene showed damaged cars and buildings at the site, as well as windows which were blown out across the neighborhood.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemned the use of an ambulance to carry out the attack. "This could amount to perfidy under international humanitarian law. Unacceptable and unjustifiable," the committee said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted police officers.

"Another day, another heinous condemnable terrorist attack, another great tragedy, another security breach and intelligence shortfall in Kabul," Afghan diplomat Omar Zakhilwal said. "Our hearts and prayers are with dozens of innocent victims and their bereaved families."



.


Published on January 27, 2018 - 4:04am EST




  Kabul, Afghanistan     

 



LEAVE COMMENTS




HAPPENING NOW

4 people found dead at home in Ryerson, Ontario

Vehicle strikes security barrier near the White House

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to resign over misconduct allegation

Florida Amber Alert: Juliet Odierna abducted from Cape Coral



Sign up for the fastest breaking news alerts by email.






BNO NEWS RADIO


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.






EXPLORE MORE NEWS

BREAKING

Vehicle strikes security barrier near the White House


          A woman has been taken into custody after crashing her vehicle into a security barrier near the White House, the Secret Service says. The White House was put on lockdown but there are no reports of injuries.   

  1 day ago


   Washington, D.C.     

 

BREAKING

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy


          A grand jury has indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens with a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a nude photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. He was briefly taken into custody.   

  1 day ago


   St. Louis, MO     

 


Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce to resign over misconduct allegation


          Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who resisted calls to resign over an affair with a former member of his staff, announced on Friday that he will step down after an allegation of sexual harassment.   

  1 day ago


   Australia     

 





AROUND THE WEB






BNO News B.V. 2016. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions