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Afghanistan: Newborn babies, their mothers, nurses killed in terrorist attack

An armed assault in a maternity section of a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan left at least16 people dead. Among the victims were newborn babies, their mothers and the nurses. In another attack on the same day, suicide attack took place at a funeral prayer in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan killing 24 civilians and injuring 68.

“Today’s terrorist attack on a maternity hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul is unforgivable,” Marwa Amini, an interior ministry spokesperson, wrote on social media. “Attacks on pregnant mothers, on sick people and on newborns that have new eyes to the world are not in any dictionary. Newborns breathe the first moments of life with the most horrific scenes. Shame on the terrorists.”

According to Government officials, at least three gunmen wearing police uniforms entered the hospital, throwing grenades and shooting. Some sources said the armed men attacked on the hospital with suicide bombing. The gunmen then proceeded to maternity section, which is operated by international aid group Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. The hospital is the Shia Hazara community which has been the target of ISIL.

Afghan police and special forces were able to evacuate more than 100 people to safety. They managed to kill the terrorists.

Afghani President Ashraf Ghani blamed the attacks on the Taliban. However, Terrorist group ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defence mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies,” he said in a televised speech.

“Today’s terrorist attack on a maternity hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul is unforgivable,” Marwa Amini, an interior ministry spokesperson, wrote on social media. “Attacks on pregnant mothers, on sick people and on newborns that have new eyes to the world are not in any dictionary. Newborns breathe the first moments of life with the most horrific scenes. Shame on the terrorists.”

Source: MuslimNews
Image: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

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