The Afghan women and children heavily suffered in the attack on a maternity hospital in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of PD13 in western Kabul on Tuesday morning.
Jamili, an elderly Afghan woman, was in the hospital with her five grandchildren for their vaccinations when the attackers stormed the hospital. Jamila was wounded in the attack, but one of her grandchildren is missing. Jamila was hit five bullets
The attack sparked strong condemnation from the international community.
Moments after the attack, people from various parts of Barchi flocked to the hospital to inquire about their loved ones. Some angry people clashed with security forces.
“I heard a voice and then tried to rescue the children, then I was wounded,” she said. (who?)
“I went home and then swiftly came back to search for my wife,” said Ramazan, an eyewitness.
“I wanted to take a slip, moments later there was gunfire and many people were killed and wounded,” said Sara, an Afghan mother who was wounded in the attack.
Some of those wounded and killed in the attack were transferred to nearby hospitals.
“We couldn’t manage to admit more wounded people, because they were in large numbers and we did not have enough space for them. We treated twenty to thirty of them,” said Kamal, a doctor at Watan hospital.
“Only the poor people become the victims. The elders (political leaders) do not care about them, they are not working to occupy powerful posts, but, we, the poor people, are in the blood,” said Ali Mohammad, the relative of one of the wounded persons.
According to the Ministry of Interior, there were four suicide attackers in military uniforms that stormed the hospital and all were killed.
The Ministry of Interior said that at least 14 civilians were killed, including two newborn babies, and fifteen others were wounded in the clash.
The Afghan forces have rescued more than 40 people from the medical clinic in Kabul, said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
Despite a peace deal signed between the Taliban and the US on February 29, violence has dramatically increased in Afghanistan over the past few months.
Also today, At least 24 people were killed and almost 70 others were wounded in a bombing at a funeral in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
On Monday, At least 27 ANA soldiers were killed and several military vehicles were destroyed after the Taliban attacked a convoy and security post in Alishing District of Laghman Province in the east of Afghanistan last night.
National and International reactions to the attack on the hospital:
• First VP Amrullah Saleh wrote in his tweeter account: ”The Taliban and former and current allies of the group attacked a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar today, killing "mothers, infants and innocent civilians." Saleh added that the attacks were a sign of the Taliban's changed behavior after the peace agreement in Doha.
• German Ambassador Peter Prugel said he was "outraged and sickened" by attack on the hospital and MSF maternity clinic in Kabul today, "targeting civilians and in part. doctors, health workers, mothers and newborns. The insanity of those behind such an inhuman and despicable act is beyond imagination."
• “I strongly condemn today’s attacks in Kabul and Nangahar targeting innocent civilians. My deepest condolences to the families of those killed. I commend the efforts of the ANDSF. NATO stands with the people of Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism"-Deputy SCR Nicholas Dean.
• US Ambassador Ross Wilson: "I deplore this barbaric attack and condemn the evil terrorists who target those who cannot defend themselves and who are already suffering. Hospitals are centers of compassion with dedicated Afghan and MSF-Afghanistan staff caring for innocent civilians."
• Amnesty Intl South Asia: "The unconscionable war crimes in Afghanistan today, targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral, must awaken the world to the horrors civilians continue to face. There must be accountability for these grave crimes, and civilians must be protected."
• Human Rights Watch's associate Asia director Patricia Gossman: "A deliberate attack on a hospital is a war crime. Those paying the price for this heinous act are patients, doctors, nurses, other medical staff, as well as Afghan civilians, including children, put in harm's way."