Kabul: The death toll from Saturday’s ambulance bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul rose to 95 and left over 160 people wounded, a senior Health Ministry official said.
”The toll now stands at 95 and at least 158 are wounded,” Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said.
The confirmation came shortly after another official warned that an earlier death toll of 63 could rise further. The deadly attack took place after a Taliban suicide bomber exploded an ambulance laden with explosives near Sidarat Square in central Kabul where several government offices are located. The explosion occurred at around 12.50 ppm near the old building which still houses some ministry offices.
Meanwhile, the Taliban had claimed the responsibility for the attack in a message on the social network Telegram stating that “a martyr in a car bomb reached the first checkpoint near the Interior Ministry”.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that at the time of the explosion, a large contingent of police officers was in the area. The attack comes amid a recent surge in terrorist attacks on civilian targets by the Taliban and Islamic State.