Two babies and 12 mothers and nurses were killed and another 15 people injured in a militant attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday morning. A maternity ward in the hospital is run by the international medical charity Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).
Meanwhile, in the east,Nangarhar, a bombing at a police commander’s funeral killed at least 24 people.The Islamic State took responsibility of this attack,however its still unclear who carried out the attack on the hospital with the Taliban denying involvement.
The attack began at about 10:00 (05:30 GMT), and locals described hearing two blasts then gunfire. According to one doctor who managed to escape, about 140 people were in the hospital when the gunmen,who had reportedly gained access dressed as police men, attacked.
Ramazan Ali, a vendor who saw the attack begin, told Reuters news agency: “The attackers were shooting at anyone in this hospital without any reason. It’s a government hospital, and a lot of people bring in their women and children for treatment.”
Afghan special forces rescued 100 women and children, including three foreigners and all the attackers were killed by security personnel after a battle lasting hours.
In the wake of the attacks, President Ashraf Ghani said he was ordering the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban and other groups. He accused the militants of ignoring repeated calls for a reduction in violence.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the attack on the hospital “sheer evil” and an “unconscionable assault”. In a statement he urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to co-operate to “bring the perpetrators to justice”.