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Fake Ambulance Driver Kills at Least 95

Another suicide bomber strikes in Kabul
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2018 6:00 AM CST
Fake Ambulance Driver Kills at Least 40
A wounded man is assisted at the site of an explosion in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

(Newser) – A suicide car bomber killed at least 95 people and wounded about 160 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city. The attacker used an ambulance to get through a security checkpoint, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital, authorities said, per the AP. The attacker then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint.

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A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the bombing, which sent thick, black smoke into the sky from the site near the government's former Interior Ministry building. Also nearby are the European Union and Indian consulates. So far, no foreigners have been reported as being among the casualties, per the Washington Post. A week ago, six Taliban militants attacked the city's Intercontinental Hotel, leaving 22 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some 150 guests fled the gun battle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors.

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