"This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners", the United States president added. A week ago, the Taliban killed more than 20 people in a siege of the city's Intercontinental Hotel. "It's not safe to live in Afghanistan anymore", one man said.
"Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them". "My government and I stand with the fearless people of Afghanistan.ï¿½ Their work to create a peaceful, prosperous future for all the citizens of this country is the best response to terrorists and others who know only violence", he said.
This bombing is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in the past week.
Pakistan, which denies the accusations, condemned the attack and called for "concerted efforts and effective cooperation among the states to eradicate the scourge of terrorism".
"The Taliban's cruelty will not prevail", Trump added.
Most of the victims were relatives of patients at a nearby hospital, said Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistan's spy agency, describing the attack as a reaction by the Taliban to losses on the battlefield.
"While the Taliban claim suggested the goal of the attack was to target police, a massive vehicle bomb in a densely populated area could not reasonably be expected to leave civilians unharmed", Tadamichi Yamamoto said in a statement.
The recent attacks have infuriated Afghans, frustrated by the worsening security after 16 years of war. It is also being insisted Taliban would start losing territory again.
U.S. President Donald Trump has pursued a plan that involves sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan and envisions shifting away from a time-based approach to one that more explicitly links U.S. assistance to concrete results from the Afghan government.
Of those killed, 14 were foreign nationals - including four Americans - and eight were Afghans, according to the Ministry of Interior. "As awful as this is, to me, it strengthens our resolve to help them move forward".
UN Secretary General Guterres in a statement said that indiscriminate attacks against civilians are grave violations of human rights and worldwide humanitarian law, and can never be justified. There, he also emphasized USA commitment to its Arab ally, which borders Israel, Syria and Iraq. "I think what you saw in our demonstration here today is the maturity of our relationship".
"Right now, it's not something we're looking into", he said.