Afghan Military Hospital Attack News
KABUL: Gunmen dressed as medics stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital on
Wednesday and battled security forces for hours, killing more than 30 people and
wounding dozens in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan
hospital, across the road from the heavily fortified U.S. embassy, and three attackers with
automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex, security officials said.
Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the attack was suppressed by
mid-afternoon, with all three gunmen killed.
The gunmen, dressed as medical personnel, had taken up positions on the upper floors
of the hospital and engaged special forces sent to the scene, officials said.
Security forces blocked off the area around the hospital, near a busy traffic intersection,
and special forces soldiers descended on to the roof of the main building from helicopters.
Sporadic gunfire could be heard for hours and, as fighting went on, there was a second
explosion, which a spokesman said was caused when a car inside the hospital complex blew up.
A statement from Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency said its fighters had attacked the
hospital, while an Afghan Taliban spokesman denied responsibility, saying the Islamist insurgency had “no connection” with the attack.