17 dead in Kabul blast

17 dead in Kabul blast

17 dead in Kabul blast

"He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital and at the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden auto", interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP. They have also blamed the deteriorating security situation on a deeply divided government embroiled in political feuding that has paralyzed parliament.

"The latest toll from Kabul hospitals stands at 63 martyred and 151 wounded", health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh told AFP.

The Taliban claimed the attack in a message on social network Twitter, stating that "a martyr in a auto bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry". REUTERS/MohammadIsmail People carry an injured man after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on 27 January 2018.

"I am particularly disturbed by credible reports that the attackers used a vehicle painted to look like an ambulance, including bearing the distinctive medical emblem, in clear violation of worldwide humanitarian law", Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UNAMA said in a statement.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide blast, a week after they claimed an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in which more than 20 people were killed.

The blast happened in an area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices.

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan claimed the responsibility behind today's deadly explosion in Kabul city.

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Around 150 guests fled the mass shooting with some escaping the hotel by using bedsheets to climb down from windows. The U.S. Department of State said American citizens were killed and injured in that attack.

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

He said he saw a number of people lying on the ground and that others helped the wounded away from the scene.

Afghan security forces have struggled to fight the Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

The US-led global force in Afghanistan has vowed its support for the Afghan government and armed forces in their "difficult and unsafe work".

On Wednesday, ISIS militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan killing four and triggering a standoff with police that lasted nearly 10 hours. And the earlier attack had left at least 18 people dead and days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria killed around three people in Jalalabad at the office of Save the Children.

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