Saturday, May 21, 2011

At least six dead and 23 injured after a suicide bombing at a military hospital in Kabul

Kabul. .- At least six people were killed and 23 wounded in a suicide attack today in a military hospital in Kabul Sardar Mohammad Daud, said in a statement the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The press release states that all staff deaths were in the hospital service. The explosion occurred early in the afternoon at the medical center Sardar Mohammad Daud, where he often met daily to Afghan army soldiers who are injured in clashes with Taliban groups.

The blast was heard several miles away. Muammar General Zaher Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, told Efe that the outbreak affected a section of the hospital, with capacity for 400 beds, causing terror among those admitted and the medical staff. According to a version that ran from the local media after the blast, the attack would have made two suicide bombers, though only one of them would have triggered his explosives attached to his body.

According to this version, another suicide bomber remain unaccounted for, which were discarded after the Afghan authorities. The attack comes a week particularly violent in Afghanistan, with dozens of civilian deaths from insurgent attacks, as part of the spring offensive the Taliban launched this month and named the "Badar".

The Taliban offensive comes just two months before the next July to start the gradual withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan Ewww, a process that is expected to conclude in 2014, when the Afghan army must take responsibility for security throughout the territory. AtentadoLos The Taliban claimed the Taliban have claimed the suicide bombing.

One of the usual spokesmen for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed by email the involvement of the group as part of the "spring offensive" that began last month in which militants have pledged to intensify their attacks after the break winter.

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