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Taliban ambulance bomb kills 95, injures 158

by Mary Roche
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

Early Saturday morning, the Taliban set off an ambulance explosion in Kabul that killed almost 100 people. This shortly followed a hotel attack that killed 22.

The bombers drove a vehicle disguised as an ambulance to pass through security checkpoints leading up to a street full of embassies and ministry department offices. The driver told police at the first security checkpoint that he was driving a patient to the hospital. At the second checkpoint, the driver attempted to pass it in the wrong lane and then set off the blast.  

The street was crowded daily with visitors doing business. The damage done included destroying multiple stores, vehicles and caused some harm to the exterior of a nearby military hospital.

According to the BBC, this has been the most deadly Taliban attack in months. The chief of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto was also saddened by the news.

“I am particularly disturbed by credible reports that the attackers used a vehicle painted to look like an ambulance, including bearing the distinctive medical emblem, in clear violation of international humanitarian law,” Yamamoto told the New York Times.

Witnesses said the area looked like a butcher’s shop or a graveyard. People heard the blast and saw a cloud of smoke from miles away. Photos of the damage done to stores and the cloud from the blast were posted on Twitter and other sites following the explosion.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is just the latest in many attacks by them and the Islamic State. According to The Chicago Tribune, four suspects have been arrested for questioning.

Many international politicians have spoken out in support of Afghanistan and against the Taliban.

"The Taliban's use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

The Eiffel Tower lights will be off for some time in support of the victims as well.