Kabul — A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said.
The bombing on Saturday came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city.
It has been a month of relentless attacks in Afghanistan, with the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate making alternate claims of responsibility.
The brutality and frequency of the attacks, including one in December at a Shiite cultural center has shattered Afghanistan’s usually quiet winter fighting season. The attacks have infuriated Afghans, frustrated by the worsening security after 16 years of war.
Deteriorating security situation
They have expressed their anger with neighbour Pakistan for harbouring insurgents and with the US-led coalition for its inability to suppress the insurgency. They have also blamed the deteriorating security situation on a deeply divided government embroiled in political feuding that has paralysed Parliament.
The attacker Saturday used the ambulance to get through a security checkpoint in central Kabul, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry. He then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint, Rahimi said.
The Health Ministry said 95 were killed and 158 wounded.