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Afghan hospital bombing kills 60

Militants in Afghanistan frequently target the Afghan police and other government employees.



Kabul: Sixty people were killed and 120 wounded in a bombing at an Afghan hospital on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement.

"As a result of this heartbreaking incident, 60 of our countrymen including children, women, youths and men... have been martyred and 120 others including health workers have been injured," the statement said.

"A suicide car bomb attacker targeted a hospital in Azra district of Logar province," Din Mohammad Darwaish, the Logar provincial spokesman, said.
He added: "The blast was caused by an SUV packed with explosives and driven by a suicide attacker.”

"The target of the blast is not clear but what is obvious is that a hospital was attacked and civilians were killed."

The head of Logar`s provincial council, Abdul Wali Wakeel, said local officials had contacted foreign forces to ask for help in evacuating the wounded to hospital.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul said he was "not aware" that ISAF had been approached for assistance.

Militants in Afghanistan frequently target the Afghan police and other government employees as well as foreign forces in their near decade-long insurgency.

But civilians are the biggest casualties in the war, with 2,777 killed last year, according to the United Nations.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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