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38 dead, dozens injured in IS attack on hospital in Afghan capital

38 dead, dozens injured in IS attack on hospital in Afghan capitalGunmen disguised as doctors entered the facility and battled security forces for hours.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The attack began with a suicide bombing at the rear of the hospital complex in the Afghan capital. Officials said at least three gunmen dressed as medical staff then entered the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan facility and took up positions on the upper floors.

A second explosion was heard as Afghan special forces engaged the gunmen and “heavy fighting” ensued, a defense ministry spokesman said. An earlier death toll of three was revised upwards after security forces carried out checks in the aftermath of the fighting.

Isis’s Afghan wing has claimed responsibility, according to a report by the Isis-affiliated Amaq news agency.

Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, said the latest attack “trampled on all human values”.

“In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan,” he said.
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