17 killed, over 110 injured in Kabul blast near foreign embassies

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The attacker used the ambulance to coast through one security checkpoint in central Kabul by telling police he was transporting a patient and then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint, the Interior Ministry said.

According to a story published The Sun, Abulrahizai said that using children in armed conflicts is the most brutal and vicious act in the society, because such acts are categorically banned by the Islamic Shari'a and enforced laws of the country. It was lunchtime and many people were in the street. "It was a awful attack that killed women, children, shopkeepers and visitors to the area".

This bombing is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in the past week.

A man who was passing from the area when the blast took place says: "I heard a big bang and I fainted", he said, outside the Emergency hospital.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Saturday's blast, a week after it claimed an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in which more than 20 people were killed.

"So far we don't have any reports if any of our members are wounded or killed".

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After the attack, dozens of people waited outside the Emergency Hospital for news of their loved ones, including Mohammadullah, a young travel agent whose friend was missing. Initially, the Health Ministry confirmed more than 70 wounded people were rushed to public hospitals for treatment.

The U.S. has recently increased airstrikes against the Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan in the hopes of breaking a stalemate and getting the insurgents to the negotiating table.

"To us, cooperation and the joint concentration of honest efforts by all countries of the region is the sole solution for countering the evil phenomenon of terrorism", said Bahram Ghasemi, the Spokesman of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Saturday afternoon.

Afghanistan's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, described the attack as "insane, inhuman, heinous and a warcrime" via his official Twitter account. "The perpetrators of these attacks and their supporters should be brought to justice", it said.

"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". "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation stands with Afghanistan in our common fight against terrorism", Stoltenberg said in his official Twitter account.

The attack happened in a heavily guarded part of the city, as did the one a week earlier.