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Kabul: Taliban ambulance bomb kills 40

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion occurred around 12:45 p.m. local time after the vehicle passed through a security checkpoint, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN.

Police identified the attacker at a second checkpoint but could not stop him before he detonated the explosives near the former Ministry of the Interior building, Rahimi said.

The wounded were taken to hospitals in the Afghan capital, said spokesman Wahid Majrooh of the Ministry of Public Health, who confirmed the casualties.

  A wounded man is helped near the explosion on Saturday.
Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the attack, describing it as "crazy". inhumane, atrocious and a war crime, " through his official Twitter account .

He also called on the international community to" take additional measures "against" state-sponsored terrorism. "

"Our priority and focus at this time is to help the needy and provide the best treatment for the injured," he wrote. "This is the time when we must all unite and hit our enemy hard. This is enough! "

The explosion occurred a week after gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least 22 people for 12 hours in clashes with security forces.
Of those killed, 14 They were foreign nationals, including four Americans, and eight were Afghans, according to the Interior Ministry.Six armed men were killed by Afghan security forces.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.
ISIS militants attacked on Wednesday offices of the British aid agency Save the Children in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least four people and injuring dozens.

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