Update: 30 killed in Army Hospital attack in Kabul, IS claims responsibility
Mar 8: Jihadists belonging to the IS dressed as doctors and medical staff stormed into the 400-bed military hospital in the heart of Kabul killing 30 people and injuring over 50 on Wednesday.
According to our correspondent, a suicide bomber first burst into the Sardar Muhammad Dawood's hospital, to clear the way for the gunmen who used the panic of the explosion to enter the hospital building and engaged with the security forces.
A suicide bomber set off an explosion at the south gate to the Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan hospital before three gunmen entered the building and made their way to the second and third floors, said Sediq Sediqqi, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman.The gunmen killed and wounded doctors and hospital employees and injured Afghan soldiers, according to an Afghan Defense Ministry statement.
After the fist explosion, the hospital building was shocked with two other explosions on the second floor. The gunmen dressed as doctors used AK-47 to fire the patients and doctors. General Dawlat Waziri, Afghanistan's ministry of defense spokesman informed that the attack was composed by four assailants armed with AK-47 and grenades. The Afghan security forces and police mounted a six-hour siege at the hospital, which is the biggest and best-equipped facility in the country and killed the attackers around 3:30 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, after the Taliban denied responsibility, the ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq published claims that IS was behind the gruesome attack.
The Oslo Times International News Network