A bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people in addition to wounded about 158 inside Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday when that will blew up at a police checkpoint.
that will came just days after a deadly attack on one of the most prominent hotels inside city.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday’s suicide blast. They also claimed the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel a week earlier in which more than 20 people were killed.
An Internal ministry spokesman blamed the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban which Afghan in addition to Western officials consider to be behind many of the biggest attacks on urban targets in Afghanistan.
Hours after the blast, a health ministry spokesman said the casualty toll had risen to at least 95 killed in addition to 158 wounded.
As medical teams struggled to handle the casualties pouring in, some of the wounded were laid out inside open, with intravenous drips set up next to them in hospital gardens.
“that will’s a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital that will treated dozens of wounded.
The latest attack will add pressure on President Ashraf Ghani in addition to his U.S. allies, who have expressed growing confidence that will a brand new more aggressive military strategy has succeeded in driving Taliban insurgents back coming from major provincial centers.
The United States has stepped up its assistance to Afghan security forces in addition to increased its air strikes against the Taliban in addition to different militant groups, aiming to break a stalemate in addition to force the insurgents to the negotiating table.
However, the Taliban have dismissed suggestions they have been weakened by the brand new strategy, in addition to the past week has shown their capacity to mount deadly, high-profile attacks is usually undiminished, even inside heavily protected center of Kabul.
The U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan vowed its support for the Afghan government in addition to armed forces in their “difficult in addition to dangerous work”, adding that will none of its members had been killed or wounded inside blast.