wnol.info July 16 2018

10 killed, almost 80 injured in Kabul blast

July 16 2018, 02:08 | Irvin Gilbert

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the bombing, which sent thick, black smoke into the sky from the site near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

He also said extensive damage has been caused to buildings in the area. Civilians near the blast site walked through debris-covered streets carrying wounded people on their backs even as ambulances loaded several bodies at a time to ferry them to the nearest medical facilities around the city.

At least 63 people have been killed and 151 injured after a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul. "The building shook. All our windows broke".

The explosion - one of the biggest since a truck bomb ripped through the Afghan capital's diplomatic quarter on May 31 a year ago - triggered chaotic scenes as terrified people fled the area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. "The people are in shock in our market", he told AFP.

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Mirwais Yasini, a member of parliament who was nearby during the explosion, said ambulance approached a checkpoint close the High Peace Council's office, and blew up, Reuters reported.

"It is a massacre", said Dejan Panic, coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital.

At least 75 people have been wounded in the blast, TOLO reports citing health officials. The Interior Ministry says a suicide vehicle bomb attack in Kabul leaves dozens wounded.

The blast comes just days after 22 people were killed during a 17-hour siege of Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel and the offices of Save The Children in the eastern city of Jalalabad were attacked.

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