Isis activists disguised as physicians kill 38 in Kabul hospital attack

Gunmen garmented as medics fought security force for hours in assault on military hospital in Afghan capital

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kabul armed infirmary by gunmen disguised as doctors who entered the facility and battled security force for hours.

At least 38 people died and dozens more injured during, the hospital said.

The attack began with a suicide bombing at the rear of the hospital composite in the Afghan capital. Officials said at least three gunmen garmented as medical personnel then entered the 400 -bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan facility and took up ranks on the upper floors.

A second blowup was hear as Afghan special forces committed the gunmen and heavy push ensued, a excuse ministry spokesman said. An earlier death toll of three was rewritten upwards after private security force is currently conducting checks in the aftermath of the fighting.

Isiss Afghan wing has claimed responsibility, according to a report by the Isis-affiliated Amaq news agency. A November suicide assault on a overflowing mosque, claimed by the same group, killed more than 30 parties and wounded dozens.

Isis was also accused by local officials of killing six Red Cross employees in an ambush on a escort in northern Afghanistan last month. It has claimed at least two other attacks on minority Shias in Kabul since last-place July.

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An unverified photo released by Isis purporting to show one of the Kabul hospital attacks. Picture: Amaq

Afghanistans chairwoman, Ashraf Ghani, said the latest attack stomped on all human qualities. In all beliefs, a infirmary is regarded as an immune place and criticizing it is attacking all of the members of Afghanistan, he said, during an address in Kabul for International Womens Day.

Abdul Qadir, a infirmary employee, told Reuters he saw a gunman garmented in a white physicians coat take out an AK-4 7 assault rifle and open fire, killing at least one patient and a infirmary worker.

Reuters reported that patients could be seen clambering out of the building and sheltering on opening ridges outside the hospital, across the road from the heavily garrisoned US embassy.

Isis has been active in Afghanistan since 2014 but maintains a far smaller attendance and poses far less of an existential threat to the Afghan state than the Taliban, who continue to be responsible for the majority of violence in the country.

Hundreds of US airstrikes in the past time have helped to limit the groups influence to a handful of territories in and around the eastern Nangarhar province, though Wednesdays attack demo it continues to have the ability to strike outside those areas.

Gen John Nicholson, the most senior US commander in Afghanistan, has claimed American efforts have killed about one-third of Isiss boxers and shrunk its territory by two-thirds.

The Afghan affiliates ruler, Hafiz Saeed Khan, was killed in a US drone strike in August.

The radicals support among local parties has also been limited by its mark savagery and burden of a blinkered image of Islam including proscriptions on smoking and poppy cultivation and the annulment of government-officiated weddings in spite of neighbourhood customs.

Analysts have put the increasing numbers of Isis fighters in Afghanistan at up to 2,000, though a close assessment is difficult to establish because of the uncertain fee of fatalities and success of recruitment drives.

The Taliban claimed an attack last week on a police station and intelligence services bureau in the capital city that killed and wounded dozens.

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