UN mission in Afghanistan condemns "morally reprehensible" attack on hospital

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A deadly attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

The attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in the capital, Kabul, was carried out by assailants, some of whom reportedly were disguised as medical doctors.

They detonated a vehicle at the entrance of the building and then stormed the facility, armed with AK-47s, grenades and suicide vests.

At least 30 people died and scores more were injured, according to media reports.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The hospital is the largest military medical facility in Afghanistan, according to the UN mission, and treats members of the armed forces and their families.

In a statement, UNAMA acting chief Pernille Kardel said "this egregious and morally reprehensible attack targeted people at their most vulnerable," as well as the medical staff caring for them.

Without question, she added, "it amounts to an atrocity, and the perpetrators must be held accountable."

Ms Kardel underlined the UN's support of Afghanistan's people "who continue to demonstrate resilience and determination in their efforts to bring about a peaceful future for the country."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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