Taliban car bomb in Kabul kills at least 40, wounds more than 140

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Taliban car bomb in Kabul kills at least 40, wounds more than 140

At least 40 people were killed and more than 140 were wounded in central Kabul on Saturday when the Taliban detonated a car bomb, Waheed Majrouh, a spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said.

Officials said the casualty number could rise since the attack happened during lunchtime when many people were in the street.

“It’s a massacre,” said Dejan Panic, a coordinator with the NGO Emergency, which operates at hospital in city that treated victims.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said targeted a building used by the Interior Ministry and High Peace Council. The Council was set up in 2010 to negotiate with the insurgent group.

The explosion happened at a checkpoint and left a number of police officers killed or wounded, the Taliban said in a statement.

“It was lunchtime and many civilians were also waiting at the checkpoint,” said Abdulrahim, who works at the High Peace Council and, like many Afghans, only uses one name.

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