A devastating car bomb attack orchestrated by the Taliban left dozens dead and over a hundred wounded in the Afghan capital Saturday, local authorities revealed.
The explosion occurred a little after noon, when an extremist driving an ambulance filled with explosives detonated his deadly cargo on a guarded street in Kabul that runs past a number of government offices. The attack killed at least 95 people and injured another 158, according to The New York Times.
Police identified the man at the security checkpoint, but they were unable to stop him from carrying out his mission, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi revealed to CNN. The injured have been taken to hospitals and medical centers across the capital, where doctors are treating people for a variety of injuries. As the hospitals are overwhelmed, there are concerns that more will die.
The death toll has been steadily rising, surging from 40 to 63 to nearly one hundred. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid said that a Taliban fighter was responsible for Saturday’s attack, the third deadly terrorist attack in Afghanistan in a week.
Last weekend, Taliban gunmen raided the International Hotel in Kabul. Twenty-two people, including four Americans, were killed during a 12-hour shootout between the terrorists and the local authorities.
The Islamic State detonated a car bomb outside Save the Children, a children’s charity in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, ending the lives of four and injuring a few dozen others.
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