KABUL – In the event of a major explosion of a car loaded with explosives, at least 40 people were killed in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and about 140 wounded.

According to the authorities, the car was disguised as an ambulance and exploded at a checkpoint of security forces, just in front of a building that was previously the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior. Most officials have moved to the new building, but this building was still in use. About eighty police officers or soldiers would be among the victims.


Nearby are also the European Union’s embassy and embassies from, among others, India and Sweden. Earlier this month there was a bloody attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. This involved more than twenty deaths. On Wednesday there was an attack on the office of aid organization Save the Children in Jalalabad, 125 kilometers east of Kabul.