Three are dead and 54 wounded after terrorists entered a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan and shot at medical staff and patients – while dressed as doctors.Isis claimed responsibility for the assault on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital as battles between jihadis and security forces continued on Wednesday, leaving at least 50 wounded.
The terrorist group, which is competing with the Taliban in Afghanistan, claimed its “commandos” had killed more than 100 people at the 400-bed facility for wounded soldiers.
“This egregious and morally reprehensible attack targeted people at their most vulnerable, while they were receiving treatment in the hospital, and also targeted the medical staff caring for them,” said Pernille Kardel, the acting head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in a new release.
“This cowardly attack reflects a fundamental rejection of the most basic principles of humanity,” Ms. Kardel, who also serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for that country. “Without question, it amounts to an atrocity, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.”
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the complex before three gunmen armed with automatic rifles and hand grenades entered through the breach. The gunmen, dressed as medical personnel, had taken the position on upper floors of the hospital and engaged special forces sent to the scene, officials said.A worker at the hospital told Reuters that he saw one of the terrorists dressed in a white doctor’s coat take out a concealed AK-47 assault rifle and open fire, murdering at least one patient and one hospital worker. He also said that he heard firing in other parts of the hospital.