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Gunmen storm Kabul hospital

Gunmen have stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, setting off a gun battle with government forces, officials said.

Afghan forces carried out newborn babies and their mothers as they evacuated the government-run hospital, where the medical charity Doctors Without Borders runs a maternity clinic.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said that over 80 women and babies were evacuated by Afghan security forces as the firefight got under way.

"The forces are trying to eliminate the terrorists and bring the situation under control," said Arian. He later added that at least one of the attackers was shot dead.

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.

Black smoke rose into the sky over the hospital in Dashti Barchi, a mostly Shia neighbourhood that has been the site of past attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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