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At least 19 people killed and 43 wounded in two explosions

Kabul– Two blasts, followed by gunfire, attacked Afghanistan’s largest military hospital in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 43 others, according to interior ministry sources. According to witnesses and a government spokeswoman, gunfire were also heard near the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in the Afghan capital.

At least two bombings occurred at the entrance of the 400-bed hospital in Kabul’s 10th sector, according to Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate’s deputy spokesman. It was a car bomb, witnesses said.

“Security forces have been deployed to the area, and no reports of casualties have been received,” he stated on Twitter.

Saeed Khosty, a spokesperson for the interior ministry, said earlier that the explosives had resulted in casualties, but he did not confirm the dead toll. Taliban Special Forces have since been sent to the scene, according to the interior ministry.

Residents tweeted numerous photos of a column of smoke rising from the former diplomatic zone in central Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood following the blasts.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. According to witnesses, a group of fighters from an ISIL (ISIS) affiliate stormed the hospital and clashed with security forces, according to the official Bakhtar News Agency. The bombings add to a growing list of attacks and fatalities since the Taliban overthrew the previous Western-backed administration in August, casting doubt on the Taliban’s claim to have brought stability to Afghanistan after decades of war.

ISIL branch Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), which has carried out a series of attacks on mosques and other targets since the Taliban seized Kabul in August, carried out a complicated attack on the 400-bed hospital in 2017, killing over 30 people and injuring dozens.

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