Published: Sat, January 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Afghanistan: Bomb blast in Kabul kills 40, injures at least 110

Afghanistan: Bomb blast in Kabul kills 40, injures at least 110

The blast triggered chaotic scenes with terrified people rushing to safety and moving away from the blast site, the area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices.

In a message on Twitter, the group said more than 50 wounded had been brought in to that hospital alone.

Wahid Majroh, a public health ministry spokesman, confirmed to Xinhua that 79 injured had been shifted to Kabul hospitals after the deadly incident.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Saturday's bombing in Kabul city.

The explosion happened in a busy part of the city where the High Peace Council, which is charged with negotiating with the Taliban, has offices.

The old building of the Afghan Interior Ministry is located at the area.

He also said extensive damage has been caused to buildings in the area. At least 11 people were wounded in the attack.

The Italian NGO Emergency said seven dead and 70 injured had been taken to its hospital, with its coordinator Dejan Panic tweeting that it had been a "massacre". It was really huge - all our windows are broken.

The blast comes a week after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least 22 people during a 12-hour standoff with security forces. "We're still counting dead bodies of last week's InterCon attack when a dozen plus killed & scores wounded in today's vehicle bombing on a public road", tweeted Lotfullah Najafizada.

Buildings hundreds of metres away were shaken by the force of the explosion, which left torn bodies strewn on the street nearby amid rubble and debris.

India on Saturday strongly condemned the "barbaric and dastardly" terrorist attack in Kabul on the same day.

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