Dozens killed as blasts, gunfire hit Kabul hospital

A Taliban security official has announced at least 25 people have been killed and over 50 wounded after two explosions and gunfire broke out at Afghanistan's biggest military hospital.

The explosions took place at the entrance of the 400-bed Sardar Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in central Kabul on Tuesday (November 1).

They were followed immediately with an assault by a group of gunmen, a Taliban spokesman said who also added that four of the attackers were killed by Taliban security forces and a fifth was captured.

A health worker, who managed to escape from the scene, reported hearing a large explosion followed by a couple of minutes of gunfire, before a second larger blast.

While there has been no immediate claim of responsibility, the official Bakhtar news agency quoted witnesses saying a number of Islamic State fighters entered the hospital and clashed with security forces.

The blasts add to a growing list of attacks and killings since the Taliban completed their victory over the previous Western-backed government in August.

Islamic State, which has carried out a series of attacks since the Taliban's seizure of Kabul, mounted a complex attack on the hospital in 2017, killing more than 30 people.

The group's attacks, coupled with a spiralling economic crisis, have caused mounting concern over the future stability of the country.

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