Afghan attack: Babies killed as gunmen storm maternity ward

There has been attacks amidst the pandemic in Afghanistan and lives are being lost.

Two babies and 11 mothers and nurses have been killed in a militant attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital.

Also, injuries have been recorded when gunmen attacked the Kabul hospital on Tuesday morning. Officials report an injury of about 15 people, including a number of children.

It is known that, part of the hospital is run by the international medical charity, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Also, some of those working there are foreigners.

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Meanwhile, in the east, an attack at a police funeral has killed at least 24.

It is not clear who carried out either attack. Dozens were injured in that bomb blast and number of casualties in both attacks could rise.

Dozens were injured at the funeral attack

Total panic

In Kabul, locals heard two blasts, then gunfire.

One doctor who fled during the assault, which began at about 10:00 local time (05:30 GMT), told the BBC about 140 people were in the hospital when the gunmen began their attack.

Another doctor described to news agency AFP how “total panic” took hold as the attack unfolded.

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“The attackers were shooting at anyone in this hospital without any reason,” vendor Ramazan Ali, who saw the attack begin, told news agency Reuters. “It’s a government hospital, and a lot of people bring in their women and children for treatment.”

Afghan special forces rescued 100 women and children, including three foreigners, an official told the BBC.

The attackers, who Reuters reported had gained access dressed as police officers, were all killed by security personnel after a battle lasting hours.

Inside the hospital after the attack

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