95 dead, 158 wounded in Afghanistan suicide car bombing

Published: Jan. 27, 2018 at 4:37 PM CST
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The Afghan Public Health Ministry says 95 people have been killed and 158 wounded in a suicide car bombing in the capital Kabul claimed by the Taliban.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said the attacker used an ambulance to get through one security checkpoint by telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. He detonated his explosives at a second check point, Rahimi said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

President Donald Trump is condemning "the despicable car bombing attack", saying "all countries should take decisive action" against the Taliban.

Trump says the "murderous attack" renews the U.S. resolve with its Afghan partners. He says, "The Taliban's cruelty will not prevail" and the U.S. is "committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists."