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Kabul in shock after deadly ambulance bomb kills nearly 100, injures 191

The blast happened in a crowded area of the city where several high-profile organisations including the European Union have offices

AFP | PTI  |  Kabul 

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A member of Afghan security forces walks past the site of Saturday's suicide attack in Kabul. (Photo: AP/PTI)

Anger was growing in today, a day after a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance killed nearly 100 people and wounded scores more, highlighting the ability of insurgents to strike at the heart of

At least 95 people were killed and 191 wounded in the lunchtime attack claimed by the Taliban, which caused panic in the war-torn capital and overwhelmed its hospitals.

US called for "decisive action" against the over the assault -- the second it has carried out in the war-torn city in a week -- as other leaders also condemned the attack.

Ordinary Afghans took to to express their anguish and sorrow at rapidly worsening security, as the and Islamic State group step up attacks on Kabul, turning it into one of the deadliest places in for civilians.

"We are so heartbroken in that we don't know how to start our new day," Freshta Karim wrote on

"Shall we stay home or go to work, shall we meet our friends and cry or shall we force ourselves to create an illusion of hope? How are you starting your day in "

tweeted: "In Kabul starting a day without explosion, it would be a surprise. One could only imagine that kind of a day."


On Naweed Qaderi wrote: "It is a big shame for the government, they repeatedly fail to protect people. The leaders must lose a son or daughter to feel the pain of poor people."

The blast happened in a crowded area of the city where several high-profile organisations including the have offices.

The force of the explosion shook windows of buildings hundreds of metres away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse.

The government has blamed the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network, which Afghan and Western officials suspect of involvement in at least some of the recent attacks in the capital.

The suicide bomber passed through at least one checkpoint in the ambulance, saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital, an told AFP on Saturday.

"At the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew (up) his explosive-laden car," said.

Rahimi told a news conference later that most of the victims were civilians. Four suspects had been arrested.

The attack came exactly a week after insurgents stormed Kabul's landmark and killed at least 25 people, the majority foreigners.

First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 13:50 IST
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