Two explosions hit the entrance of the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Military Hospital on Tuesday followed by heavy gunfire, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters.
No group immediately claimed responsibility but another Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a suicide bomber and gunmen were behind the attack.
Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital was hit by twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Picture: Getty Images
“The attack was initiated by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle who blew himself up at the entrance of the hospital,” a Taliban official told Al Jazeera.
Photographs shared by residents show plumes of dark smoke billowing near the hospital in central Kabul.
A group of patients wounded in the attack have been pictured lying on a stretcher outside the hospital.
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Lal Jan, a shopkeeper who works in front of the hospital, said he was briefly knocked unconscious at the first blast.
“Everything went dark, and when I opened my eyes all I could see were dead bodies,” he told The Washington Post.
“A small group of gunmen ran through the debris into the hospital, shooting at everyone, in every direction.”
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A Taliban commander said the encounter inside the hospital lasted nearly an hour and a half before the attackers were stopped.
Tuesday’s blasts add to a growing list of attacks since the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul following the departure of US troops.
In August, an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 170 civilians and 13 US troops outside Kabul’s international airport.

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