Afghanistan: Attack on military hospital in Kabul


Status: 02.11.2021 1:11 p.m.

The military hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul has been the target of an attack. Several dead and injured are reported. There are also reports of explosions and shots in the clinic building.

Afghanistan is again shaken by violence: there has been an attack on the military hospital in the capital Kabul. Several people were killed or injured. The authorities provide different information: Doctors speak of three dead and 16 injured, the Taliban, which has ruled since the summer, even of 19 dead and 50 injured.

The non-governmental organization Emergency announced on Twitter the number of nine wounded who had been admitted to the emergency hospital.

Two explosions and skirmishes with security forces?

According to the Taliban, at least two explosions are said to have occurred, one of them at the gate to the hospital. The state news agency Bachtar reported that after the explosion at the entrance gate, according to eyewitnesses, several fighters from the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS) broke into the hospital and fought with security forces there.

A doctor told the AFP news agency that he had heard continuous gunfire: “I think the attackers go from room to room like the first time it was attacked,” he said, referring to an attack in 2017. At that time, armed people were armed Attackers disguised as medical personnel and killed at least 30 people.

A cloud of smoke was seen in pictures on social media. According to local journalists, the attack continued in the early afternoon (local time). So far, no one has confessed to the incident.

IS attacks after the Taliban takeover

In mid-August, the Taliban took over military power in Afghanistan. The army and police fell apart and government officials fled. The Islamists proclaimed a government. This is confronted with numerous problems. This includes ensuring security in the country.

Most recently, an offshoot of the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS) claimed responsibility for two attacks on mosques with dozen dead. The Taliban have fought ISIS since it appeared in Afghanistan in early 2015, despite its ideological proximity.


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