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19 dead, 50 injured in Kabul military hospital attack

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19 dead, 50 injured in Kabul military hospital attack

At least 19 people were killed and 50 others injured in an attack on a military hospital in Kabul on Tuesday, the latest assault to rock Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power.

Two blasts struck close to the entrance of the sprawling site followed by reports of shooting inside the hospital, the Taliban and a witness said.

“Nineteen dead bodies and about 50 wounded people have been taken to hospitals in Kabul,” a health ministry official who asked not to be named told AFP.

The Taliban spent 20 years waging an insurgency against the ousted US-backed government.

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Now they face the struggle of bringing stability to Afghanistan, which has been hit in recent weeks by series of bloody assaults by the Islamic State group’s local chapter.

19 dead, 50 injured in Kabul military hospital attack

Tuesday’s attack has not yet been claimed by any group.

“I am inside the hospital. I heard a big explosion coming from the first checkpoint. We were told to go to safe rooms. I also hear guns firing,” a doctor at the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul told AFP.

“I can still hear gun firing inside the hospital building. I think the attackers are going from room to room… like the first time it was attacked,” the doctor added.

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The hospital, which treats wounded soldiers from both the Taliban and former Afghan security forces, was previously attacked in 2017, when gunmen disguised as medical personnel killed at least 30 people in an hours-long siege.

A Taliban media spokesman confirmed two explosions hit the hospital area on Tuesday.

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