Kandahar’s Mirwais hospital attack ends, 2 killed
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The two armed attackers who entered the Mirwais hospital in the capital of southern Kandahar province on Monday were killed during an exchange of fire with security forces, an official said.
One National Directorate of Security (NDS) official was wounded during the trade fire, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the two gunmen entered the hospital’s surgical ward at about 11:30am and an NDS official opened fire at them. The intelligence official was injured when the two attackers returned fire.
The two attackers were then killed by other security forces, bringing to an end the attack at about 1pm. Khogyani said the two gunmen wanted to target government officials who were expected to inquire after the health of their relatives under treatment at the hospital after offering Eidul Adha prayers.
A doctor on duty at the hospital, who declined to be identified, told Pajhwok Afghan News the gunmen were dressed as doctors. He said doctors and patients were inside when the gunmen entered.
The Mirwais hospital is located in the heart of Kandahar City and operates on the southern zone level. The hospital is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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