TRIBUNAL DESK: At least 40 people have been killed and 140 wounded in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to Waheed Majrooh, health ministry spokesman.
The Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday’s assault, with reports confirming that the explosion was close to an old interior ministry building.
Following the blast, huge plumes of dark smoke rose above the city.
Emergency vehicles could be herd in the city centre, TOLO news reported.
I was near the ministry of interior to get some work personal work done. As soon as I stepped out, I looked back and saw a huge blast in the middle of the two check posts in the diplomatic area,” Ahmed Naweed, an eyewitness told.
“The blast was near the Jamhuriat Hospital. The suicide car bomber had managed to pass the first check post.
“There were many dead bodies and blood everywhere. People were crying and screaming and running away.”
The incident comes a week after a Taliban-claimed attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the city, which left 18 dead, and days after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) killed at least three people at the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad.
Reporting from Kabul, said the blast took place at lunchtime during a “relatively calm day”.
“The city was jolted with a heavy explosion,” he said.
A police official told Al Jazeera a suicide bomber carried out the attack near heavily guarded checkpoints.
“On the left side of this checkpoint, there is a school and a high peace council,” Shahood said.
Dejan Panic, coordinator at a hospital run by the Emergency NGO, said: “It’s a massacre.”
The organisation tweeted a photo showing a makeshift medical ward, with patients being attended to on the floor.
At least seven people were dead on arrival, Emergency said. Al Jazeera