Kabul deadly blast sources killed, injured, Taliban claims responsibility

Kabul bombing death toll rises

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 140 others, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taleban.

Many warned that attacks and bombings would quickly result after Trump's declaration to increase the U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan, under the guise of fighting terrorism.

Aminullah, whose stationery shop is just metres from where the explosion happened, said the force of the explosion shook the foundations of his building.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Taliban's use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians "represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan. and is a violation of the most basic global norms".

Last weekend over 20 people died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul during an assault by six armed attackers who clashed with security forces for 12 hours. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the terror attack.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a message on the social network Telegram stating that "a martyr in a vehicle bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry".

The attack followed another deadly incident in the Afghan capital the week before in which Taliban fighters killed 22 people at a Kabul hotel, according to The Associated Press.

Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned the "dastardly" terrorist attack in a Kabul locality with offices of several high-profile organisations, including the European Union.

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Officials said the casualties were being brought to the hospital for medical attention.

The persistent Taliban threat, augmented by periodic attacks by the Islamic State - known here by the acronym Daesh - has created growing public frustration and disillusionment with the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

People help carry an injured man to the hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018.

Today's attack was the second deadly incident that took place in the city over a period of nearly one week. On Wednesday a USA drone slammed into Pakistani tribal territory that borders Afghanistan killing two Haqqani commanders, according to Pakistani officials, who deny providing organized camps for their safety.

The Interior Ministry said the explosives were placed in an ambulance that managed to pass the first checkpoint at the street's entrance. Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the MoI, said more than 150 people have been wounded.

The bombing was the deadliest insurgent attack in the country so far this year.

"At least 102 people killed, 196 others wounded".

On Wednesday, IS militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan killing four and triggering a standoff with police that lasted nearly 10 hours.

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