Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - The surgical center of the medical NGO Emergency in Kabul received more than 40 people who were injured in yesterday's explosion near the Afghan Foreign Ministry building. This was announced today, January 12, according to Ariana News.
“We have received more than 40 patients, it is difficult to give the final figure, we continue to accept them,” said Stefano Sozza, head of the Afghan representative office.
This came after Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said five civilians were killed in the blast. Zadran also specified that a suicide bomber had tried to enter the ministry. He was stopped by security, but he still managed to detonate the explosives.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the explosion. Without providing evidence, the ISIS news agency Amaq reported that 20 people were killed in the attack after one of the militants detonated an explosive belt in the middle of a crowd of employees near the main gate of the Foreign Ministry.
Meanwhile, a former ministry official told CBS News that at least 13 people were killed - all Foreign Ministry employees.
It should be noted that the Foreign Ministry building is located on a specially protected street in the diplomatic district of Kabul, which also houses several foreign embassies, the home of former President Hamid Karzai and other important government buildings.
The attack was condemned by many international organizations, including the UN, as well as representatives of the foreign ministries of various countries, including the United States and Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said:
“We express our sincere condolences in connection with the terrorist attack, as a result of which our Afghan colleagues, employees of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, were truly martyred.”