Update 2: Toll from blast in Afghan capital up to at least 40 dead, 140 wounded: Health Official

Reuters | Published – Saturday 27 Jan 2018


An injured man is moved to a stretcher outside a hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 (Photo: AP)


At least 40 people were killed and 140 wounded in a powerful car bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, a public health official said.

He said the total was likely to increase as casualties were still being brought in

The car bombing at a police checkpoint in the Afghan capital in an area near foreign embassies and government buildings, a week after a deadly attack on the Intercontinental Hotel

Mirwais Yasini, a member of parliament who was nearby when the explosion occurred, said the ambulance approached the checkpoint, close to an office of the High Peace Council and a number of foreign embassies, and blew up.

He said a number of people were lying on the ground.

A plume of grey smoke rose from the blast area in the city centre and buildings hundreds of metres away were shaken by the force of the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the blast came after heightened security alerts following the Intercontinental Hotel attack. That attack, which killed more than 20 people, was claimed by the Taliban.

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