Many feared dead, injured as an explosion, shootings struck a military hospital in Afghanistan


More than 12 people were reportedly killed in a fatal assault at a large military hospital in the capital of Afghanistan shortly after the explosion.

“Both our staff and civilians have casualties,” said Hibatura Jamal, a member of the Taliban, the group’s defense minister, and said the official death toll was not immediately clear. ..

Taliban members told news agency AFP on condition of anonymity that “19 bodies and about 50 injured” had been transferred to a hospital in Kabul, but there were no officially confirmed casualties. ..

The attack was carried out by a group of shooters and began with an explosion that shook the entrance to the 400-bed Saldar Mohammad Dowd Khan in the 10th district of Kabul.

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A Taliban fighter injured in a blast is depicted at the entrance of a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 2, 2021. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)

Immediately after the explosion, assault occurred, and shooters broke into the hospital grounds and fired weapons.

“The attack was initiated by a motorcycle suicide bomber who suicide bombed at the entrance of the hospital,” a member of the Taliban, who is in charge of the media team, told AFP.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said four of the attackers had been killed by Taliban security forces that pushed back armed groups. The fifth member of the group was reportedly captured.

The attack on Tuesday has not yet been claimed by any group, occurring days after the ISIS terrorist group launched a deadly bomb attack on the mosque in the capital of Afghanistan on October 31, and several during prayer. Killed a civilian.On Monday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the explosion Kabul The day before that.

The photos shared by the residents are blastNear the former diplomatic zone of the city’s Wajir Akbarkhan area, witnesses said at least two helicopters flew over the area as the assault continued.

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After an explosion in central Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 2, 2021, a big wave was sucked near Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan National Military Hospital. (Distribution via Reuters)

A hospital medical worker who managed to escape said he had heard a big explosion followed by a few minutes of shooting. About 10 minutes later, he said there was a second big explosion.

ISIS has launched a series of attacks on mosques and other targets since the seizure of the Taliban Kabul In August 2017, a complex attack on the hospital killed more than 30 people.

The group’s attacks have raised growing concerns outside Afghanistan about the potential of Afghanistan to become a refuge for terrorist groups, such as when al-Qaeda attacked the United States in 2001.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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