By The Associated Press |
KABUL, Afghanistan—Terrorists stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 14 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers, and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said.
While the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate the facility, carrying out babies and frantic young mothers, according to images shared by the Interior Ministry.
But the day’s spasm of violence extended beyond Kabul. A suicide bomber in eastern Nangarhar province—a hotbed of the ISIS terrorist group—targeted a funeral ceremony, killing 21 people and wounding 55. And in eastern Khost province, a bomb planted in a cart in a market killed a child and wounded 10 people.