At Least 95 Dead After Taliban Ambulance Bomb

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At least 95 people have been killed and 158 more injured in a terror attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Suicide bombers drove an ambulance filled with explosives into a crowded area and detonated the devices, near the old interior ministry building and offices of the European Union and High Peace Council.

The culprits ploughed past a police checkpoint to carry out their unspeakable attack, which is the deadliest the Afghan capital has seen for seven months.

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Witnesses say the area – home to foreign embassies and the city’s police headquarters – was crowded with people when the bomb exploded on Saturday January 27 at 12.15pm local time (08.45am GMT).

The street was open only to government workers, who were targeted in the attack. Officials said the death toll would probably continue to rise as casualties were brought to hospitals for medical attention.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the use of an ambulance was ‘harrowing’.

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The Taliban have claimed responsibility for today. Their militants killed 22 civilians just last week in a luxury Kabul hotel.

The hardline Islamic extremist group controls large swathes of Afghanistan and parts of neighbouring Pakistan.They were ousted from power in Afghanistan after a US-led invasion in 2001 but returned to run some key areas, reports the BBC.

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