Gun men dressed as doctors attack military hospital in kabul
The attack at Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital began with an explosion, before three to five attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex.
At least four people are believed to have been killed and 60 others wounded, the health ministry said.
Hospital administrators told the AFP news agency that they saw three attackers wearing white laboratory coats on the loose after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the backdoor entrance to the hospital.One worker, Abdul Qadir, told the Reuters that he saw one of the gunmen, wearing a white coat, take out an AK-47 assault rifle and open fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker.
Security forces blocked off the roads around the building and helicopters circled over the area, as the gunmen took positions in the upper floor of the 400-bed hospital.
“The attackers are in the second and third floors of the hospital, and right now a gun battle is underway,” said General Dawlat Waziri, a defence ministry spokesman.
The hospital, which treats military casualties from around Afghanistan, is in a neighbourhood that is home to several embassies. The heavily fortified US mission is just across the road from the hospital.
“There is an ongoing terrorist attack in a hospital which tramples all human values,” President Ashraf Ghani, said in impromptu remarks during a speech for International Women’s Day.
“In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan.”
Government officials have warned that high-profile attacks in Kabul are likely to escalate this year as the Taliban step up their insurgency.