A group of insurgents launched a coordinated attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul city on the night of 20th January sparking a clash that lasted for nearly 15 hours, leaving several people dead including many foreigners.
A powerful suicide bomb explosion in Afghanistan's capital Kabul has left at least 40 dead and another 140 injured in the city center. "The perpetrators of these attacks and their supporters should be brought to justice", it said.
Both attacks happened in heavily guarded parts of the city.
"India stands in solidarity with the Government and the people of Afghanistan at this hard times of mindless violence and terror imposed on them", it added.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres quickly condemned Saturday's attack, saying through a spokesman that "Indiscriminate attacks against civilians. can never be justified".
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the blast came after heightened security alerts following the Intercontinental Hotel attack.
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.
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"We express deep grief and sorrow at the loss of precious human lives in this terrorist attack in which a number of people have also been reportedly injured", said a statement from the Foreign Office spokesperson on Saturday.
Baseer Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said the bomber had driven past the first checkpoint at the entrance to the street. Also nearby are the European Union and Indian consulates. And last week, ISIS gunman attacked an office of the charity Save the Children, killing five.
The Taliban terror group has claimed responsibility for assault, with reports confirming that the explosion was close to an interior ministry building.
The attacker was spotted by security forces who opened fire on him, but he still managed to detonate his explosives, Zwak said. That attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
The explosives were hidden in an ambulance; almost 100 people had been killed in the attack, according to news reports.
The latest attack comes at a seminal moment in the 16-year Afghanistan War, Patton-Walsh said.