Afghanistan Raises Toll from Kabul Attack to 103

An Afghan removes shattered glass from his shop on Sunday, in the aftermath of yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
An Afghan removes shattered glass from his shop on Sunday, in the aftermath of yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's interior minister says at least 103 people were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday, updating an earlier toll.

Wais Ahmad Barmak said Sunday that another 235 people were wounded in the attack. He said police were among those killed and wounded.

The attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives and was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles.

The Taliban claimed the attack, which dealt a major blow to the U.S.-backed Afghan government. Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban since the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.

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