A suicide bomber set off an explosion on the south gate to the Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan hospital earlier than three gunmen entered the constructing and made their method to the second and third flooring, stated Sediq Sediqqi, Afghan Inside Ministry spokesman.

The gunmen killed and wounded medical doctors and hospital workers and injured Afghan troopers, in line with an Afghan Protection Ministry assertion.

Afghan safety forces and police mounted a six-hour siege on the hospital, which is the most important and best-equipped facility within the nation. They killed the attackers round three:30 p.m. native time (6 a.m. Wednesday ET).

The power, identified regionally because the “400 mattress” hospital, is positioned only some hundred meters from the US embassy and the diplomatic quarter of Kabul. Different current assaults in Kabul have focused essential public buildings, such because the Afghan Supreme Court docket and nationwide parliament.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mojahid, denied duty for the assault in a tweet, saying: “Right this moment’s assault on hospital in Kabul has nothing to do with the Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate,” utilizing the group’s formal identify.

Within the vacuum of a Taliban declare, the ISIS-affiliated information company Amaq stated ISIS claimed duty for the assault. Though the group often assaults sectarian targets, it’s credible that it deliberate and carried out the assault. CNN has not independently verified the declare.

Explosions, then gunfire

Witnesses informed CNN an explosion was first heard round at 9 a.m. native time (11.30 p.m. Tuesday ET).

Afghan Nationwide Police particular forces rushed in to counter the assault.

“At first there was a firing adopted by an enormous blast,” an worker at a close-by hospital stated.

An worker at an Italian restaurant close by stated she heard one explosion round 9 a.m., then heard gunfire about 25 minutes later.

The attackers weren’t instantly killed as a result of safety forces have been busy evacuating sufferers, the protection ministry assertion stated.

The injured have been taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital, stated Smael Kawosi, media relation officer for the Ministry of Well being.

Assault condemned

Afghan Chief Govt Abdullah Abdullah condemned the assault.

“I condemn the terrorist attacked on hospital in Kabul,” he tweeted. “Whereas we work for peace, we’ll avenge the blood of our individuals.”

The US Embassy in Kabul stated, “Concentrating on a medical facility offering take care of the courageous Afghans working to guard their fellow residents has no doable justification in any faith or creed.”

NATO forces in Afghanistan indicated that the group was standing by to help Afghan safety forces, in line with tweets from Operation Resolute Assist.

“As soon as once more insurgents present full disrespect for humanity by attacking a hospital. We stand with Afghan individuals in opposition to terrorism.”

The NATO tweets condemned the assault, utilizing an older identify for the hospital.

Smooth targets

Militants have lengthy focused loosely guarded targets in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. Final month, at the very least 20 individuals died after a suicide blast outside Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, police and different officers informed CNN.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a car parking zone close to the courtroom within the Afghan capital, in line with Basir Mojahid, spokesman for Kabul’s chief of police.

Earlier within the 12 months, a spate of attacks — two suicide bombings close to the Afghan Parliament in Kabul, an explosion at a Kandahar province authorities compound and a suicide bombing in Helmand province — left dozens of individuals useless and wounded.

The Taliban claimed duty for the Kabul assaults, which killed at the very least 36 individuals and injured 76 others within the capital.

Final summer time, seven college students, three law enforcement officials and two safety guards have been killed within the attack on the American University of Afghanistan campus within the capital.

Police searched the college’s grounds and killed two attackers who stormed the campus with weapons and explosives, Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul police’s legal investigation division, stated. The gunmen detonated explosives and fired weapons, witnesses stated, inflicting some college students and college to flee.