Gunmen storm Médecins Sans Frontières hospital


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • Univadis Medical News
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Media outlets are reporting that two newborns are among those killed in an attack on a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital, a 100-bed government-run facility, houses a maternity clinic operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The attack began in the morning when at least three gunmen wearing police uniforms entered the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital, throwing grenades and shooting, government officials said.

Thirteen people were killed in the attack, including two newborn babies. Another 15 people were injured. At least 100 people, including mothers, nurses and foreign aid workers, were evacuated from the hospital, officials said. Several doctors leapt to an adjacent building to escape the attackers.

Speaking to NBC News after the attack, a spokesperson for MSF said the priority was the safety of patients and staff.

In a separate attack the same day, a suicide bomber struck the funeral of a police commander, killing at least 24 people and injuring 68

Rights group Amnesty International condemned both attacks. “The unconscionable war crimes in Afghanistan today, targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral, must awaken the world to the horrors civilians continue to face,” the group said on Twitter. “There must be accountability for these grave crimes.”