At least five people were killed after unknown gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday. The officials said among those killed in the attack were three women and a child.
Government security forces responded to the incident and cordoned off the area as blasts and gunfire were heard. Interior Ministry said more than 80 women and babies had been evacuated by the security officers. “The forces are trying to eliminate the terrorists and bring the situation under control,” the ministry said.
At least three attackers wearing police uniforms are reported to have stormed the hospital, throwing grenades and shooting indiscriminately.
The maternity clinic at the state-run hospital is operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres – MSF).
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, there have been a number of deadly attacks in the capital in recent months, claimed by the ISIL group.