After hours of defending and overtaking a Kabul army hospital, Afghani forces put down an attack that started with three gunmen disguised as hospital workers.
The ISIS-claimed terror attack killed more than 30 people while injuring more than 100.
The Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital, located across the street from the United States embassy, also saw a suicide bomber detonate an explosive in the back of the building after the three men positioned themselves towards the top of the building.
Afghani special forces were airdropped to the roof of the hospital where they were engaged with the gunmen into the mid-afternoon. All three gunmen were killed.
One of the gunmen initiated the attack when he withdrew an AK-47 and began shooting. Dressed in doctor’s garbs, the attacker killed one and injured another as he quickly opened fire.
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“Suddenly gunfire broke out and a gunman was shooting at everyone,” said Zahir Khan, a witness to the attack. “He was shooting at doctors, patients and visitors.” In an attempt to find safety, some patients sought cover on the outside ledges of windows, while others hid under tables.
President Ashraf Ghani struck down the attack in an unplanned statement, saying an attack on a hospital “trampled on all human values.” “In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan,” Ghani continued.
A report from the Turkish Radio and Television network in regards to the attack can be seen below:
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