2 newborns, 13 others killed as gunmen attack maternity hospital in Kabul

by Laura Mize · May 12th, 2020 11:23 am

Two infants and 13 others were killed after gunmen disguised as police officers detonated an explosion at an entrance to one of Kabul's busiest maternity hospitals on Tuesday, then stormed inside.

The ward was run by medical aid group Doctors Without Borders.

At least 13 people, including both mothers and nurses, inside the maternity ward died, as well as two newborns. About 15 other people were injured in the attack. Combat between the attackers and Afghan security forces lasted hours, and special forces rescued 100 women and children from the scene. All of the attackers were killed.

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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Islamic State is a prime suspect. Authorities arrested three high-level members of the group in the Afghan capital the day the attack occurred, and the style of the attack mimics others by the militant group. The Taliban has denied responsibility.

Tareq Arian, spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of the Interior decried the attack saying, "Any groups that are involved in such attacks are against all human and Islamic values."

? The attack on the hospital follows a bombing at a police funeral, which killed two dozen people and injured dozens more. It is not clear what group carried out the funeral attack.


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