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Gunmen storm Afghan hospital

Gunmen have stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) runs a maternity clinic, officials said.

Gunmen have stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres – MSF) runs a maternity clinic, officials said.

“Our special forces are in the area,” Marwa Amini, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry, told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

There was no immediate information about any casualties in the attack on the Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital.

A paediatrician who fled the hospital told AFP he heard a loud explosion at the entrance of the building.

“The hospital was full of patients and doctors; there was total panic inside,” he told AFP, asking not to be named.

Security forces were working to counter the attack and the deputy health minister may have been visiting the clinic at the time, an interior ministry source said.

MSF did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The 100-bed government-run facility is supported by MSF, said Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.

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