Auckland doctor killed in Afghanistan bombing

An Auckland man has been killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Hashem Slaimankhel, an Epsom resident, was visiting Kabul with his daughter-in-law when members of the Taliban drove an explosive-packed ambulance into a crowded street on Saturday (local time).

At least 95 people were killed and 158 people were injured.

Mr Slaimankhel was a prominent member of the New Zealand Muslim Association.

He trained as a doctor in Afghanistan and worked for the Auckland District Health Board in refugee health and migrant resettlement. In 2011 he received an award to commemorate his work in family violence prevention and women's rights. 

He was due to fly back to New Zealand on Sunday, the day after the attack.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperon told Newshub they are providing assistance to his family.

Firoz Patel, secretary of the NZMA Ponsonby mosque, told Newshub Mr Slaimankhel was a well-respected figure in the community.

"He was a leader; he'd do anything for anybody at any time."

He says Mr Slaimankhel's selflessness and generosity showed in his work with migrants and refugees. 

"Our community are behind this great loss and we'll all work together to support the family," he says.

"It's a big loss for the Auckland Muslim community and for New Zealand."