Dozens Killed in Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital

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Asia Pacific|Dozens Killed successful Attack connected Military Hospital successful Afghanistan’s Capital

No radical has claimed work for the violence, but the Islamic State has struck much often since the autumn of the U.S.-backed authorities successful August.

A lad  injured during an onslaught  targeting a subject   infirmary  successful  Kabul, Afghanistan, connected  Tuesday.
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Nov. 2, 2021Updated 10:33 a.m. ET

At slightest 25 radical were killed and much than a twelve were wounded during an onslaught connected a subject infirmary successful the Afghan superior of Kabul connected Tuesday, according to section officials, with gunfire and explosions echoing passim the metropolis into the afternoon.

The attack, which included equipped gunmen and astatine slightest 1 termination bomber, targeted the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan subject infirmary successful 1 of Kabul’s much affluent neighborhoods, wherever some wounded soldiers who fought for the erstwhile authorities and Taliban fighters were being treated.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, said the onslaught was carried retired by respective members of the Islamic State, including a termination bomber who detonated his explosives astatine the gross to the hospital. A car afloat of explosives extracurricular the infirmary besides exploded, wounding dozens, and respective Taliban fighters were killed and wounded successful the ensuing weapon battle, Mr. Mujahid said.

One doc astatine the hospital, who declined to beryllium named retired of fearfulness for his safety, said that the gunmen had entered a ward filled with wounded Taliban fighters and changeable them successful their beds.

Another doc who was hiding wrong the infirmary said helium could inactive perceive gunfire wrong the gathering aboriginal Tuesday afternoon. Another idiosyncratic wrong said the attackers had entered respective floors and opened occurrence connected anyone they saw, adding that immoderate doctors and nurses had locked themselves connected the 3rd floor.

Though the Islamic State has yet to assertion responsibility, determination has been an summation successful attacks by the Islamic State crossed Afghanistan since the autumn of the Western-backed authorities successful August and the Taliban takeover of the country. The violent radical has taken vantage of the Taliban’s trouble successful securing municipality centers.

A shopkeeper extracurricular the hospital, who declined to beryllium named, said the archetypal blasts had been 10 minutes apart, and determination were a batch of radical connected the ground. He was wounded successful the back, helium added.


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This analyzable onslaught connected the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan infirmary is apt the archetypal of its benignant for the Taliban to contend with: equipped actors and a termination bomber entering a large, crowded gathering afloat of civilians. The Western-backed authorities dealt with specified incidents by deploying commandos, who were astir ever supported by NATO peculiar operations forces.

The Taliban, known for carrying retired these types of attacks during the past 20 years arsenic insurgents, person small enactment oregon acquisition erstwhile it comes to dealing with specified an lawsuit connected their own.

Qari Saeed Khosty, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, confirmed connected Twitter that determination had been astatine slightest 1 detonation astatine the infirmary and that Taliban forces were responding to the attack.

Islamic State termination bombings successful Kabul, the bluish city of Kunduz and in Afghanistan’s 2nd largest city, Kandahar, person killed astatine slightest 90 radical and wounded hundreds implicit the past respective weeks.

In August, an Islamic State termination bomber killed astir 170 civilians and 13 U.S. work members at the gates of Kabul’s planetary airport.

The Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan subject infirmary has been attacked repeatedly successful past years, by some the Islamic State and the Taliban.


Credit...via Reuters

Taimoor Shah contributed reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan, and Yaqoob Akbary from Kabul.

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