ISIS attacks military hospital in Kabul, killing and wounding dozens

The hospital treated Taliban fighters and members of the Afghan army

Updated: November 3, 2021 - 8:41am

More than two dozen people were killed and another dozen wounded during an ISIS attack Tuesday on a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The attack, according to local officials, included armed gunmen and at least one suicide bomber. The 400-bed hospital in one of the more affluent neighborhoods of the capital city treated both Taliban fighters and resistance soldiers.

A spokesman for the Taliban said the attack was executed by several members of the Islamic State including the suicide bomber who detonated his device at the gate to the hospital. Several more casualties occurred during the ensuing gun battle. 

ISIS-K, also known as the Islamic State Khorasan, claimed responsibility for the attack hours later.

Among those killed was senior Taliban commander Mawlawi Hamdullah Rahmani. One doctor told reporters that the gunmen entered an area full of wounded Taliban fighters and shot them in their hospital beds.

The Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital has been a constant target for terror attacks over the past many years,  by Islamic State actors and Taliban fighters.

At present, however, it is Islamic State suicide bombings that have been increasing across the country where the Western backed government quickly fell to the Taliban in August. Over the past several weeks, ISIS-K bombers have killed roughly100 people and wounded hundreds more across the country.

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