Afghanistan: Kabul ambulance blast kills 63
Kabul, Jan 27 (IBNS): A bomb hidden in an ambulance exploded in Afghanistan's capital Kabul city on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and injuring 150 others, media reports said.
The ambulance blew up at a police checkpoint in an area of the Kabul city which is located close to foreign embassies and government buildings.
TOLOnews reported extensive damage has been caused to buildings in the area.
The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment.
Public healthy ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismayeel Kawosi confirmed to Tolo News the casualty figures and said the wounded have been taken to different hospitals across the city.
The intensity of the blast was high enough to shake buildings located kilometers away.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Both India and Pakistan have condemned the blast which caused heavy loss of lives in the terror-hit nation.
India 'strongly condemned' the 'barbaric and dastardly' terrorist attacks in Kabul city.
"India strongly condemns the barbaric and dastardly terrorist attacks in Kabul today that targeted innocent civilians and the wounded under treatment. This follows the cowardly terror attack on the children and civilians in Jalalabad on 24 January," India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
"There can be no justification for such reprehensible attacks. The perpetrators of these attacks and their supporters should be brought to justice," it said.
"India stands in solidarity with the Government and the people of Afghanistan at this difficult times of mindless violence and terror imposed on them. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the next of kins of victims of these terror attacks and pray for speedy recovery to those injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured," the Indian government said.
Condemning the attack, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said terrorism was not the way forward.
In a tweet, he said: "The people and government of Pakistan condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul and extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this reprehensible act. Terrorism is not the way forward."
January- the first month of 2018- has witnessed Afghanistan witnessing several massive terrorists attack which claimed several lives.
Apart from Saturday's attack, two more terrorists attacks shocked the Asian nation in the past few days.
A massive terrorist attack in Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Jan 20 left at least 22 people killed.
In another terror attack incident on Jan 24, at least four people were killed when Save the Children NGO was targeted in Jalalabad city of the country.
The attack left dozens others injured.
Militant group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
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