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International: Afghanistan – Taliban kill 40 in Kabul

March 2018

More than 100 people have been killed and 150 wounded in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul in January.

As reported in the London Evening Standard, the attacker is said to have used an ambulance to get through a security point, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. The man then detonated explosives at a second check point, according to Afghanistan’s interior ministry.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near a former government building. Witnesses said that the area, near the offices of the European Union and the High Peace Council, was crowded with people when the blast happened.

The bombing comes a week after Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury hotel in Kabul. Other incidents included a car bomb attack at Save the Children’s offices in the eastern city of Jalalabad on 25 January, which killed six people.

A few days later, an early morning shooting rampage at a military academy in Kabul left at least 11 troops dead.