Another attack in Kabul: an ambulance with explosives causes 95 dead
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, where more than 150 were injured.
The explosion of a bomb hidden in an ambulance on Saturday caused the death of at least 95 people and injured another 158 in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, in an area near foreign embassies and government buildings.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred a week after an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which more than 20 people died, fourteen of them foreigners, who were “carefully” selected because they were from “invading” countries, according to the Taliban in a statement.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said that probably the total number of victims of the attack this Saturday will be higher as more figures from the hospitals are collected.
After the attack, the medical teams struggled to take care of the arriving victims, some of the wounded were in the open air with intravenous drips installed next to them in the hospital gardens.
“It is a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, coordinator in Afghanistan of the Italian emergency aid group, which manages a nearby emergency hospital.
Saturday is a day of work in Afghanistan and the streets were full at the time of the explosion, close to lunch time in a busy part of the city where there are foreign embassies and government buildings.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, US President Donald Trump announced a change of strategy in Afghanistan, without specifying how many soldiers he will send to that nation that has been at war for almost 16 years. “We’re not going to talk about troop numbers or about our plans for military activities,” Trump said.