• Breaking: 15 killed, 34 injured as blasts and gunfire hit Kabul hospital


    Kabul: At least 15 have been reported killed in blasts and gunfire that hit Afghanistan's biggest military hospital today.

    The explosions took place at the entrance of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in central Kabul and security forces had been sent to the area, Interior ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosty said.

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    A Taliban official speaking on anonymity said that the number of casualties has not been confirmed yet, though the number might increase from 15.

    Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a trauma hospital some 3 km from the site of the blast, said nine wounded had been brought in so far.

    Photographs shared by residents showed a plume of smoke over the area of the blasts near the former diplomatic zone in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the city and witnesses said at least two helicopters were flying over the area.

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    No organisation or group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. But the official Bakhtar news agency quoted witnesses saying a number of Islamic State fighters entered the hospital and clashed with security forces.

    *It is a developing story. More details aware awaited.


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