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Afghanistan: Suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 17

27th Jan 2018
Afghanistan: Suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 17

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): A powerful suicide car bombing at the entrance of a government compound in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed 17 and injured over 100 people according to eyewitness and official accounts. The Taliban has claimed the terrorist attack.

At around 12.50 p.m. local time (0820GMT), an ambulance packed with explosives was detonated at the entrance of the Interior Ministry, close to busy Sadarat Square during afternoon rush hour. The Health Ministry has confirmed more than 70 wounded people were rushed to public hospitals for treatment.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that at least 22 people, including civilians and guards at the ministry, lost their lives in this massive bombing in a crowded area close to a number of public offices, embassies, and markets.

The attack comes a week after five Taliban militants stormed the iconic Intercontinental Hotel in the city, killing more than 20 local and foreign guests staying in the capital’s fortified green zone.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photos:  Smoke billows from the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack by armed gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan, 21 January 2018. Photographer: Haroon Sabawoon/ Anadolu Agency]

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