Kabul military hospital under attack


Attackers have entered the largest military hospital in Kabul and a gun battle is under way, the Afghan defence ministry says.

“The Sardar Daud Khan hospital has been attacked,” said a spokesperson.

The 400-bed hospital is near to the US embassy.

A hospital worker told Reuters news agency he saw a gunman wearing a doctor’s coat pull out a concealed assault rifle and open fire, killing two people.

At least 13 people injured in the attack have been taken to other hospitals, Tolo News television reports, citing health officials.

One hospital staff member wrote on Facebook: “Attackers are inside the hospital. Pray for us.”

An explosion was earlier reported at the hospital.

Sixteen people were killed in dual Taliban suicide attacks on Kabul a week ago.

They were the latest in a string of attacks to challenge the Afghan authorities after the resurgent militant group started its spring offensive early.