Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30. They also wounded countless others, as the Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

The attack on the 400-bed military facility led to skirmishes with security forces that lasted several hours.

Abdul Qadir, a hospital worker who witnessed the attack, said an attacker in a white coat shot at him and his colleagues. Ghulam Azrat, another survivor, said he escaped through a fourth floor window after attackers killed two of his friends.

The assault reflected the capability of militant groups in Afghanistan to stage large-scale and complex attacks in the heart of its capital. Which goes to that Afghanistan has failed to protect its ordinary citizens.

IS claimed the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Wednesday’s attack during an address in honor of International Women’s Day, calling it “an attack on all Afghan people and all Afghan women.”

 

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