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 docs and hospital workers and injured Afghan troopers, based on an Afghan Protection Ministry assertion.

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

The ability, identified domestically because the “400 mattress” hospital, is situated 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: “At this time’s assault on hospital in Kabul has nothing to do with the Mujahidin of Islamic Emirate,” utilizing the group’s formal title.

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 had been busy evacuating sufferers, the protection ministry assertion stated.

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

Assault condemned

Afghan Chief Government 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 folks.”

The US Embassy in Kabul stated, “Focusing 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, based on tweets from Operation Resolute Assist.

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

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

Gentle targets

Militants have lengthy focused loosely guarded targets in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. Final month, no less than 20 folks 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 parking zone close to the court docket within the Afghan capital, based on Basir Mojahid, spokesman for Kabul’s chief of police.

Earlier within the yr, 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 no less than 36 folks and injured 76 others within the capital.

Final summer time, seven college students, three law enforcement officials and two safety guards had 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 felony investigation division, stated. The gunmen detonated explosives and fired weapons, witnesses stated, inflicting some college students and school to flee.