At least 95 people have been killed and more than a hundred people injured in a Taliban car bomb attack in front of the former Ministry of the Interior building in Sadarat Square, in the center of Kabul near National Board facilities. of Security (NDS), the main Afghan intelligence agency.
According to the latest information from the Afghan government, the death toll has risen from 40 to 95. The Ministry of Health spokesman Ismail Kawosi has indicated that the wounded, about 158 people, have been transferred to hospitals in the area, although it is feared that the number of victims continues to increase.
It is feared that the number of victims will continue to rise.
The Taliban claimed the attack in a message on the social network Telegram in which they claimed that "a car bomb killed the first control point near the Ministry of the Interior." The spokesman of the group Zabihullah Mujahid has assured that at the time of the explosion there was a large concentration of policemen in the area.
The attack comes amid an upward spiral of terrorist attacks against civilian targets by the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) in recent days. Last weekend more than twenty people died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul during an assault perpetrated by six attackers who maintained a confrontation with the security forces for twelve hours.
The attack comes amid an upward spiral of terrorist attacks against civilian targets by the Taliban and the Islamic State
On Wednesday, an IS attack on Save the Children's headquarters in Jalalabad (east) resulted in the death of four employees of the non-governmental organization, a passerby and a member of the security forces, as well as the five terrorists.
Although in the first nine months of last year the count of civilian victims due to the conflict decreased by 6%, the first time that there was a setback since 2012, the figures were 2,640 dead and 5,379 injured, still "high levels", according to the UN.