Today ISIS launched a new terror attack on what is probably the most despicable target yet, a hospital. The attack left more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured. The attack was carried out on Afghanistan’s largest military hospital in Kabul. The Defense Ministry said several gunmen, dressed as doctors, attacked the facility near the US Embassy early on Wednesday, engaging special forces units.
Dawlat Waziri a spokesperson for the ministry said there were “more than 30 killed and more than 50 wounded” in the attack. But the Associated Press puts the number of injured at more than 60. Waziri said security forces have now taken full control of the facility, adding that the fighting is over, he did not say if any of the terrorists were taken alive. The ISIS terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the assault on the Sardar Daud Khan hospital,
Security officials told a reporter with the Reuters News Agency that the attack began with an explosion at the rear of the hospital, then a group of three to five gunmen armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the building. The terrorists were all dressed as medical personnel, and took positions on the hospital’s upper floors, engaging special forces units that rushed to the scene.
As fighting continued, a second explosion was heard. A hospital worker, Abdul Qadir, told Reuters that a number of gunmen appeared to be inside the hospital. He said he saw one gunmen dressed as a doctor take out an AK-47 and open fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker. He also heard shots from several other places in the building. Some Medical staff was trapped in the building and posted desperate messages for help on social media.
One such message read: “Attackers are inside the hospital. Pray for us.”. “The attackers are shooting everywhere,” administrator Abdul Hakim told the news agency by telephone. The 400-bed military hospital is located near two civilian hospitals in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, home to several heavily guarded embassies. The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said it was ready to assist Afghan security services. “Our forces are there, and there is heavy fighting,” Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
During the assault, Afghan helicopters circled over the area, surrounded by Afghan security forces. Apparently at least five suicide bombers targeted the hospital. Dawlat Waziri said a number of attackers entered the hospital. Meanwhile, “Our security forces are on location fighting the attackers but also keeping in mind to not cause any casualties, so it is a difficult situation,” he told Al Jazeera.