The largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan was attacked by four gunmen dressed as doctors. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terror attack.
At least 30 people have been killed at the military hospital near the U.S. Embassy, including soldiers, doctors, and civilians. NBC News reports some patients escaped the building through windows and sheltered on the ledges.
According to the BBC:
Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients.
Commandos who landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof killed all four attackers after several hours of fighting.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, “In all religions, a hospital is regarded as an immune site and attacking it is attacking the whole of Afghanistan.”
As the BBC report notes, this is the first direct attack by ISIS on security forces in the capital city, as they generally prefer attacking civilian targets. It is also noted that the jihadists' “approach” in the attack closely resembled that of the Taliban, which denied involvement, and therefore suggests ISIS now has “the resources and the military training to expand their attacks.”
There have been warnings in Kabul about increased attacks and many see this as a declaration to expect more of the same. NBC News adds, “Afghan security forces have struggled to combat both the Taliban and ISIS since the U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to an advisory and counterterrorism role.”