Suicide Bombing by Ambulance in Kabul kills at least 95, Injures 158

     Written by Abdul Shokoor Gheyaci                                                                                                                                                         27 Aug 2019

The death toll from Saturday's Kabul suicide attack has risen to 95. According to Kabul officials, the number of people injured in the blast has so far been estimated at 158.

Although the target of the attack, which took place around noon Kabul time, appears to have been the Afghan Interior Ministry building, most of the victims were civilians.

Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said the attacker drove an ambulance to the cross-way and passed through the first security check on the pretext that he had illness inside the ambulance.

He added that during the second inspection, the attacker is diagnosed, but the ambulance driver detonates himself and his bombed ambulance before police officers can shoot him.

So far, 95 deaths and 158 injuries have been taken to medical facilities in Kabul, the Afghan Health Ministry said.

The Emergency Hospital for War Victims also announced that seven deaths and more than 70 wounded were taken to the hospital. The hospital called today's attack a "massacre."

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry said four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

The Presidential Palace and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan issued statements condemning the incident.

The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris are turned off tonight in honor of the victims of the deadly Kabul blast.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the blast, saying such work would only renew the U.S. treaty with Afghanistan to fight terrorism.

 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is in Europe, also condemned the attack, saying, "With those who harbor the perpetrators of such attacks, there should be no tolerance."

Although the U.S. secretary of state has not mentioned a specific group or country, Washington has repeatedly referred to Pakistan as a supporter of the Taliban in the past few months and has made serious differences between the two countries.

At the same time, the International Organization of red cross (ICRC) described the attackers' use of ambulances as "horrific" as it concerned that the sanctity of relief activities would be undermined.

Sidarat Square is from the most traffic area of Kabul city. The buildings are located in The Republican Hospital, the Office of the High Peace Council and the Kabul Police Command.

Kabul has witnessed bloody attacks in the past few months.

About a week ago, 24 people were killed in an attack on kabul's Intercontinental Hotel. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.