Kabul, March 8: At least three persons were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunman attacked a military hospital close to the US embassy in Afghanistan on Wednesday. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack.Afghan Defence ministry said, the attack began with an explosion at the rear of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital and three to five attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex. It said, the gun battle is under way.
The gunmen, dressed as medical personnel, had taken position on upper floors of the hospital and engaged Special Forces sent to the scene, officials said. Security forces blocked off the area around the hospital, near a busy traffic intersection and Special Forces soldiers descended on to the roof of the main building from helicopters.
Afghan defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that our forces are there and there is heavy fighting. He said one attacker had been killed and another two were holding out, while one soldier had been killed and three wounded.
President Ashraf Ghani said that the attack trampled on all human values. In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan, he said during a speech for International Women's Day in Kabul.