Blasts at Kabul hospital kill 25

Advertisement

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS-K, has taken the responsibility for the deadly attack hours later….reports Asian Lite News

At least 25 people were killed and 43 wounded when two explosions followed by gunfire hit Afghanistan’s biggest military hospital in the capital Kabul, Al Jazeera reported.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS-K, has taken the responsibility for the deadly attack hours later.

The sound of gunfire was also heard near the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in the Afghan capital, according to witnesses and a government spokesperson.

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, told reporters that at least two blasts took place at the entrance of the 400-bed hospital in Kabul’s 10th district. Witnesses told Al Jazeera it was a car bomb.

Photographs shared by residents showed a plume of smoke after the blasts in the former diplomatic zone in the Wazir Akbar Khan area in central Kabul.

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate, said the first explosion occurred in front of the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital.

According to Karimi, the second explosion also occurred in an area close to the hospital.

Gunfire has also been heard from the blast area, Tolo News reported. Saeed Khosti, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, said one of the explosions occurred at the entrance of the hospital.

According to Khosti, the explosions have caused casualties but so far the exact details are not known. He said security forces have arrived at the scene.

One of those killed was Mawlawi Hamdullah Rahmani, a senior commander responsible for the Taliban’s Kabul corps and one of the first Talibs to enter the presidential palace after the government collapsed in August, said Wahidullah Hashimi, a Taliban government official.

The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15.

ISIS has carried out several attacks including an attack on Kabul Airport during an evacuation by the US forces following the fall of Kabul.

The Taliban’s struggle to bring stability to Afghanistan has been dogged by a series of bloody assaults by ISIS-K.

UN condemned attack

The United Nations condemned the horrific blasts at a hospital in Kabul and said attacks targeting medical personnel and civilians seeking treatment are violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Taking to Twitter, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that those responsible for the attack need to be held to account.

“UN condemns today’s horrific attack on a hospital in #Kabul. Attacks targeting medical personnel and civilians seeking treatment are violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Those responsible need to be held to account,” the UNAMA tweeted. (ANI)

ALSO READ: TAPI pipeline gets new life in Afghanistan