Gunmen dressed as medics attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul today (March 8, 2017) and battled security forces for hours, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens in an assault claimed by the Islamic State (IS), according to the Reuters website.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital, providing the signal for three attackers with automatic weapons and grenades to open fire inside the complex, witnesses said.
Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the attack was suppressed by mid-afternoon, with all three gunmen killed.
The gunmen had taken up positions on the upper floors of the hospital. Special forces soldiers descended on the roof of the main building from helicopters and killed the gunmen.