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Afghanistan mourns after ambulance bomb kills dozens
Posted on: 28-01-2018 , 03:24:PM | DY365 Bureau

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 January 28, 2018: Afghanistan declared a national day of mourning Sunday after an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded city street in the capital of Kabul, killing 95 people. 

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack, which injured 191 people, authorities said. It comes a week after militants stormed a Kabul hotel and killed scores in a 12-hour standoff.

Flags were flown at half-staff nationwide after the latest attack. The government set aside Monday as a public holiday and Tuesday as a day of prayer for the victims, according to presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi.

The blast Saturday occurred after the ambulance passed through a security checkpoint, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

Police identified the attacker at a second checkpoint, Rahimi said, but couldn't stop him before he detonated the explosives in a central area near the old Interior Ministry building, a hospital and diplomatic buildings.

The attack, in the heart of what's meant to be the securest part of the city, renewed doubts over the Afghan authorities' ability to keep people safe.

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