KABUL: An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.
”The toll now stands at 95 and at least 158 are wounded,” Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majrooh said.
The confirmation came shortly after another official warned that an earlier death toll of 63 could rise further.
The deadly attack took place after a Taliban suicide bomber exploded an ambulance laden with explosives near Sidarat Square in central Kabul where several government offices are located.
The explosion occurred at around 12.50 ppm near the old building which still houses some ministry offices.
Kabul Police spokesperson, Basir Mujahid, told reporters that “a suicide bomber with a car laden with explosives tried to penetrate the complex (the Interior Ministry), but detonated the vehicle as he was being identified by police at the checkpoint”.
The assault triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts, blood and debris, and hospitals were overwhelmed by a large number of wounded.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack in a message on the social network Telegram stating that “a martyr in a car bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry”.