[Afghanistan]–On Wednesday, gunmen clad in lab coats, camouflaging as doctors attacked Sardar Daud Khan, a military hospital in central Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.
According to officials from the defence ministry, the attack began at 9am with a suicide bombing at the front gate.
Reportedly, gun men positioned themselves on the upper floors and fired at everyone in sight.
Armed forces were sent to tackle them.
While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, defense ministry’s spokesman, Dawlat Waziri explained that there were three attackers with explosives.
“Our security forces engaged but they were also careful to not cause any casualties. It was a difficult situation,” Waziri said.
Security officials created a perimeter around the hospital, close to a busy intersection.
While the fight was ongoing, another blast struck.
Many of the patients and doctors were seen escaping from a window and stray bullets were fired at them.
“I saw in horror that doctors, patients, everybody was screaming as they were chased by gunmen spraying bullets indiscriminately,” said Majid Mojib, who is in charge of the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“Many did not survive. It was a massacre.”
Responisbility for the attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a public statement released through its Aamaq news agency.
Afghanistan’s President, Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying it “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 made the statement during an address for International Women’s Day in Kabul.
The attack comes a week after nearly two scores of people were killed in simultaneously-occurring suicide bombings on two security compounds in Kabul.
That attack was organised by the Taliban who denied having any part in the Kabul hospital terrorist attacks.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg