Humanity is Dead! Images of Babies Being Rescued from Kabul Hospital Attacked By Gunmen Are Heartbreaking

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Humanity is Dead! Images of Babies Being Rescued from Kabul Hospital Attacked By Gunmen Are Heartbreaking

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Two newborns and 12 mothers and nurses were killed in Afghanistan’s Kabul on Tuesday when gunmen disguised as police stormed the hospital. The attack at the Doctors without Borders Hospital lasted for an hour. Three armed terrorists entered the hospital and went on a rampage.

Alongside the fatalities, 15 others were wounded in an attack.

Explosions and gunfire were reported after the hospital in the Dasht-e Barchi area of Kabul was attacked, MSF said on Twitter. At least 80 patients and staff were evacuated and the first floor of the hospital was cleared.

All three attackers were eventually killed by police, ending the assault, CNN reported.

The images of security personnel rushing out with images of newborns from the attacked hospital are truly heartbreaking.

Another image showed a woman who had been killed lying on the ground holding on to her baby. A nurse in the unit confirmed to Reuters that the infant had survived and had been moved to an intensive care unit at another hospital.

Even as babies were being rescued, one civilian rushed to the hospital. A woman named Feroza Younus reportedly fed newborns who lost their mothers.

Shortly after masscare at the hospital, a suicide bomber targeted a funeral ceremony in Nangarhar, leaving at least 24 dead and 68 injured.

The attacks have been condemned by leaders across the world. India said the attack was reprehensible, a crime against humanity. “India strongly condemns the barbaric terrorist attacks against innocent civilians, including women and children, at the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital maternity ward, funeral in Nangarhar province and the Army check post in Laghman province,” the MEA said.

The UN said those responsible must face justice.

The Taliban has not claimed any responsibility for the attack. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has directed security forces to resume offensive operations against the terror organisation.

It is indeed a black day for humanity.