Kabulonhighalertafterambulancebombtolltops100-GlobalTimes

load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);HOMEWORLDKabul on high alert after ambulance bomb toll tops 100Source:AFP Published: 2018/1/28 23:23:39load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);Kabul on high alert after fake ambulance attackA wounded man is assisted at the site of a deadly suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. The suicide attacker drove an explosives- laden ambulance. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast. Photo: ICAfghanistan Sunday declared a day of national mourning as the toll for those killed by a huge bomb hidden in an ambulance in Kabul topped 100 people and tensions remained high after insurgents struck in the city for the second time in a week. At least 103 people were killed and 235 wounded in Saturdays lunchtime attack claimed by the Taliban, which caused panic in the war-torn capital and overwhelmed its hospitals. Kabul remained on high alert as the presidential palace declared a national day of mourning for Sunday, with flags flying at half-mast. The attack was one of the worst to strike the capital in recent years.  Central Kabul was unusually quiet on Sunday, a normal workday in Afghanistan, with little traffic and few people on the streets. In contrast, security checkpoints have been beefed up, particularly near the blast scene, as the city braced for the possibility of further violence. A security alert issued on Sunday warned that the Islamic State group – which claimed a deadly attack on Save the Childrens office in Afghanistans east on Wednesday – was planning to attack supermarkets and shops in Kabul frequented by foreigners. US President Donald Trump called for “decisive action” against the Taliban over the assault as other international leaders also condemned the attack.Afghan authorities gave an updated toll Sunday for those killed and maimed in the huge blast. “Unfortunately a number of wounded people have died in hospital. The number of martyrs is now 103 and wounded is 235,” Interior Minister Wais Barmak told reporters. Most of the victims were relatives of patients at a nearby hospital, said Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistans spy agency, describing the attack as a reaction by the Taliban to losses on the battlefield. “It does not mean a lapse (in security). We have foiled many attacks, but some are difficult to control,” the head of National Directorate of Security told reporters. The blast happened in a crowded area of the city where several high-profile organizations including the EU have offices. The force of the explosion shook the windows of buildings hundreds of meters away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse.The scene of the attack was scattered with body parts, blood and debris. Children were among the wounded.The attack came exactly a week after Taliban insurgents stormed Intercontinental hotel and killed at least 25 people, the majority foreigners.Newspaper headline: Day of mourning declared as bombing takes 100+ livesPosted in: ASIA IN FOCUS,WORLD FOCUS/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1086994;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes/channel_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}
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