At least 30 people have been killed Wednesday in an attack on the Sardar Dawood Khan hospital in the heart of the Afghan capital of Kabul, the biggest and best-equipped facility in the country with 400 beds, located only a few hundred meters from the US embassy and the diplomatic quarter of Kabul.
At least 60 were wounded. The injured people were rushed to two other nearby hospitals for treatment. Some of them were in critical condition. The victims were doctors, hospital employees and patients, injured Afghan soldiers. Attackers were dressed in medical uniforms. A suicide bomber set off an explosion at the south gate to the hospital before three gunmen entered the building. Afghan security forces and police killed the attackers after some hours. “Our forces landed on the roof of the hospital from helicopters and were bravely fighting the enemies,” Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said. The ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq said ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The NATO-led international military coalition said on Twitter: “Once again insurgents show complete disrespect for humanity by attacking a hospital. We stand ready to assist Afghan security services.” This is not the first attack at the hospital. In 2011, the Taliban killed 6 and wounded 26 in an attack.