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At least 17 killed, over 100 wounded in Kabul blast, Taliban claims responsibility

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Afghan Ministry of Interior confirms an ambulance bomb was used in Saturday’s explosion that rocked the city.

Afghan officials have confirmed at least 17 people have been killed and 110 wounded in Saturday’s deadly ambulance bombing in Kabul city.

The explosive laden ambulance was detonated between two checkpoints outside the old Ministry of Interior building close to Sedarat Square, close to well known Chicken Street, Kabul based TOLO News reported.

Most of the casualties are civilians. Reporting from the scene TOLO News journalist Gulabuddin Ghubar said he saw at least 20 ambulances racing away from the scene taking the wounded to hospital.

He also said extensive damage has been caused to buildings in the area.

Public healthy ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismayeel Kawosi confirmed the casualty figures and said the wounded have been taken to different cities across the city.

The explosion ripped through Kabul shortly before 1pm on Saturday afternoon and shook building kilometers away.

A huge plume of smoke could also be seen rising above the city.

This bombing is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in the past week, including the deadly 17-hour siege last Saturday on the Intercontinental Hotel and the attack on the Save The Children organization in Jalalabad, Nangarhar among others.

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

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