No rebel group instantly claimed accountability for the continued assault on the Sardar Daud Khan hospital, however it comes because the Taliban ramp up assaults even earlier than the beginning of their annual spring offensive.
No casualties had been instantly reported however medical workers trapped within the facility posted determined messages for assistance on social media. “Attackers are contained in the hospital.
Pray for us,” a hospital workers member wrote on Fb.
Hospital directors advised AFP three gunmen carrying white laboratory coats had been on the free after the explosion struck, sparking chaos contained in the 400-bed facility.
“The attackers are taking pictures all over the place,” administrator Abdul Hakim advised AFP by phone.
“We try to deliver the state of affairs below management,” he stated in a frantic hurry earlier than hanging up.
The assault comes every week after 16 individuals had been killed in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two safety compounds in Kabul.
Dozens of others had been wounded as a suicide automotive bomber struck an Afghan police precinct in western Kabul and a five-hour gun battle ensued after one other attacker snuck in, sending clouds of smoke billowing into the sky.
Within the second assault, a suicide bomber blew himself up on the gates of an Afghan intelligence company department in jap Kabul.
The rising violence underscores rising insecurity in Afghanistan over the resurgent Taliban.
The nation is bracing for an intense combating season within the spring as the federal government´s repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed.
Afghan forces, already beset by document casualties, desertions and non-existent “ghost troopers” on the payrolls, have been struggling to rein within the Taliban since US-led NATO troops ended their fight mission in December 2014.
Kabul final month endorsed US normal John Nicholson´s name for hundreds of further coalition troops in Afghanistan to fend off the militants earlier than the spring offensive.
Further troops had been wanted to finish the stalemate within the conflict, Nicholson, the highest US commander in Afghanistan, advised the US Congress in what could possibly be President Donald Trump’s first main take a look at of army technique.
Individually, the Pentagon this yr stated it could deploy some 300 US Marines this spring to Helmand province alone.
The Marines will help a NATO-led mission to coach Afghan forces, within the newest signal that overseas forces are more and more being drawn again into the worsening battle.