At least 15 people were killed and 45 were wounded after gunmen attacked a hospital in Kabul on Tuesday. Some 80 patients were evacuated from the hospital.
Spokesman Tariq Arian said special forces on the scene were continuing their efforts to rescue all remaining patients and staff, and had already killed one attacker in a “clearing operation” which was still underway.
The Dasht-e-Barchi hospital is run by the international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a maternity clinic.
Several people were also wounded in the attack on the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital, according to a ministry of interior official, and dozens of people were being evacuated.
Some people remained trapped in the hospital and several doctors had leapt to an adjacent building after at least three attackers wearing police uniforms entered, throwing grenades and shooting, government officials said.
No group has taken responsibility behind the attack, but the Taliban is suspected for carrying out the attack.
The 100-bed government-run facility is supported by MSF, said Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.