A bombing in Kabul killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others. A suicide bomber drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a secure zone, before detonating it at a second checkpoint.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The target is believed to have been the Interior Ministry. According to Deputy Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry Nasrat Rahimi, the terrorist got past the police checkpoint by telling them he was taking a patient to the Jamhuriat hospital.
A few days prior to the bombing, the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul was attacked by terrorists and 22 people were killed.
Over the past year, 10,000 Afghan security forces personnel have been killed and a further 16,000 wounded, The New York Times reported a senior Afghan government official as saying.
President Trump called for a firm response against the Taliban.
“This murderous attack renews our resolve and that (of) our Afghan partners,” the president said in a statement. “The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail. The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology. Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them.”
There are currently 14,000 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.