GUN­MEN KILL 30 IN AFGHAN HOS­PI­TAL

4 at­tack­ers dis­guised them­selves as health work­ers

New Straits Times - - World -

GUN­MEN wear­ing white lab coats stormed a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal here yes­ter­day, killing at least 30 peo­ple and wound­ing dozens in an at­tack claimed by the Is­lamic State group.

The at­tack on the 400-bed mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity, lo­cated near two civil­ian hos­pi­tals in the city’s heav­ily-guarded di­plo­matic quar­ter, set off clashes with se­cu­rity forces that lasted sev­eral hours.

Gen­eral Dawlat Waziri, a De­fence Min­istry spokesman, said there were “more than 30 killed and more than 50 wounded” in the at­tack. The min­istry said the at­tack­ers were dressed like health work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Waziri, four gun­men were involved, in­clud­ing two sui­cide bombers. The two other at­tack­ers were shot dead by se­cu­rity forces. A mem­ber of the se­cu­rity forces was killed and three oth­ers were wounded.

The as­sault lasted sev­eral hours, with Afghan he­li­copters cir­cling over the hos­pi­tal build­ing, troops rap­pelling onto rooftops and se­cu­rity forces go­ing floor-by-floor in a gun­bat­tle with the at­tack­ers. By mid-af­ter­noon, the at­tack was over.

Ab­dul Qadir, a hos­pi­tal worker who wit­nessed the at­tack, said an at­tacker in a white coat shot at him and his col­leagues.

Ghu­lam Azrat, an­other sur­vivor, said he es­caped through a fourth floor win­dow af­ter at­tack­ers killed two of his friends.

IS claimed the at­tack in a state­ment car­ried by its Aa­maq news agency.

Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani con­demned the at­tack dur­ing an ad­dress in hon­our of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, call­ing it “an at­tack on all Afghan peo­ple and all Afghan women”.

AFP PIC

Afghan po­lice­men leap­ing from their ve­hi­cle as they ar­rive at the hos­pi­tal at­tacked by IS gun­men in Kabul yes­ter­day.

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