A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 163 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Ministry of Interior confirms.
The Taliban claimed responsibility Saturday’s assault, with reports confirming that the explosion was close to an old interior ministry building.
Following the blast, huge plumes of dark smoke rose above the city.
Emergency vehicles could be herd in the city centre, TOLO news reported.
An 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.
Witnesses say the area – home to foreign embassies and the city’s police headquarters – was crowded with people when the bomb exploded on Saturday.
Public healthy ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismayeel Kawosi confirmed the casualty figures and said the wounded have been taken to different hospitals across the city.
The Taliban control large swathes of Afghanistan.
The incident comes a week after a Taliban-claimed attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the city, which left 18 dead, and days after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) killed at least three people at the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad, according to Al-Jazeera.