UPDATED 7:31 AM PT — Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Security forces in Afghanistan are on high alert after gunmen stormed a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Kabul. According to reports, the assault resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people and multiple injuries. Among the deceased were two newborns as the hospital was used as maternity clinic.
A spokesperson for the country’s Interior Ministry reportedly confirmed the incident Tuesday in the western part of the capital city. Officials said the attackers wore military-style uniforms and used firearms as well as grenades in the assault on patients and medical staff.
“A man wearing military uniform, who was looking like a wrestler, entered the clinic and opened fire on patients’ relatives at the gate of the clinic,” recounted eyewitness Noor Agha.
The Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital in Kabul, where @MSF runs the maternity, was attacked. Explosions and gunfire were reported. Efforts are still on-going to evacuate patients and staff. More information will follow.
— MSF Afghanistan (@MSF_Afghanistan) May 12, 2020
It’s not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but the Taliban claimed they are not responsible for the incident. An investigation is underway as authorities work to relocate patients and staff.