The Latest: Trump condemns car bomb attack in Afghanistan

A policeman sits on a chair at the site of a deadly suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. A suicide car bomber killed at least 40 people and wounded about 140 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
An injured man is moved to a stretcher outside a hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Authorities say suicide car bomber killed dozens of people and wounded over 100 in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
An injured man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Authorities say suicide car bomber killed dozens of people and wounded over 100 in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 memorial marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Reacting to to Saturday's suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tillerson said the Taliban's use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians "represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan ... and is a violation of the most basic international norms." (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
An injured man is moved to a stretcher outside a hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. The Public Health Ministry says over a dozen were killed, and over 100 wounded in a suicide car bombing in downtown Kabul. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
A relative of a victim is helped as he cries after a deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Authorities say suicide car bomber killed dozens of people and wounded over 100 in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
An injured man arrives outside a hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. The Public Health Ministry says over a dozen were killed, and over 100 wounded in a suicide car bombing in downtown Kabul. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
People help carry an injured man to the hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. The Public Health Ministry says dozens were killed and over 100 wounded in a suicide car bombing in downtown Kabul. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
Afghan Injured men receives a treatment at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. Authorities say suicide car bomber killed dozens of people and wounded over 100 in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
An ambulance is driven as security forces inspect at the site of a deadly suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. A suicide car bomber killed at least 40 people and wounded about 140 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban on Saturday in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
People help carry an injured man to the hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday Jan. 27, 2018. The Public Health Ministry says over a dozen were killed, and over 100 wounded ina suicide car bombing in downtown Kabul. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)
A soldier reacts as a wounded man is assisted at the site of a deadly suicide attack in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Authorities say suicide car bomber killed dozens of people and wounded over 100 in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on a deadly explosion caused by a suicide bomber driving an ambulance in Afghanistan (all times local):

2:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is condemning "the despicable car bombing attack" in the Afghan capital of Kabul that has killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more.

He says "all countries should take decisive action" against the Taliban, which has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack.

Trump says the "murderous attack" renews the U.S. resolve with its Afghan partners. He says, "The Taliban's cruelty will not prevail" and the U.S. is "committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists."

Trump made the statement hours after a suicide bomber driving an ambulance detonated the explosion. The powerful blast was felt throughout the capital.

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12:50 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Taliban's use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians in a bombing in Afghanistan's capital "represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan."

A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient on Saturday and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the European Union consulate. At least 95 people were killed and 158 more were wounded.

The Taliban claims responsibility.

Tillerson says the ambulance attack is "a violation of the most basic international norms."

Saturday's powerful explosion came a week after Taliban militants killed 22 people at an international hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

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6:30 p.m.

Afghan Public Health Ministry says death toll in suicide car bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 95, with 158 wounded in the deadliest insurgent attack in the country so far this year.

Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the public health ministry, said that the toll might still rise, because reports from the hospital show many of the wounded appear to be in critical condition.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

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5 p.m.

Afghan Public Health Ministry says death toll in suicide car bomb attack in Kabul has risen to 63, with 151 wounded in the deadliest insurgent attack in the country so far this year.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

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2:50 p.m.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry says 40 people have been killed and 140 wounded in a suicide car bombing in the capital Kabul claimed by the Taliban.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said the attacker used an ambulance to get through one security checkpoint by telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. He detonated his explosives at a second check point, Rahimi said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

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2:20 p.m.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry says 17 people have been killed and 110 wounded in a suicide car bombing in the capital Kabul claimed by the Taliban.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said the attacker used an ambulance to get through one security checkpoint by telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. He detonated his explosives at a second check point, Rahimi said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near the government's former Interior Ministry building.

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2 p.m.

An Interior Ministry official says a suicide car bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul has left at least 70 wounded.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the ministry has confirmed the Saturday morning attack.

Thick, dark smoke can be seen rising from the site of the Saturday explosion near the old Interior Ministry building.

Kabul has been the site of numerous bombing attacks claimed by the Islamic State group and the Taliban over the last year.

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1:45 p.m.

A government official says at least 18 people have been wounded in an explosion in the city center of Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, says 18 wounded have been brought to hospitals, but he expects the casualty count to rise as ambulances bring in more victims.

Thick, dark smoke can be seen rising from the site of the Saturday explosion near the old Interior Ministry building.

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1:25 p.m.

An official says a powerful explosion has rocked the city center in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Thick, dark smoke can be seen rising into the sky following a loud explosion near the old Interior Ministry building Saturday.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the ministry, says it's not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded.

However, Associated Press reporters saw ambulances rushing toward the site.

Kabul has been the site of numerous bombing attacks claimed by the Islamic State group and the Taliban over the last year.

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