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En mann bryter sammen i gråt utenfor militærhospitalet i Kabul. IS baserer seg på sjokkeffekten når de slår til, med ekstrem vold. Den virker lammende. Foto: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters/Scanpix.

IS hevder det var de som angrep det største militærhospitalet i Kabul onsdag. Mer enn 30 ble drept. Et så spektakulært angrep gir IS god reklame.

Angrepet var sofistikert: Angriperne kom utkledt som helsepersonell. En selvmordsbomber angrep inngangen.

En annen viktig detalj: De skjøt også pasienter.

More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials say.

Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients. (….)

Witnesses inside the hospital said they were caught by surprise as a gunman dressed in a white doctor’s coat took out concealed AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire, killing at least one patient and one hospital worker.

«Suddenly gunfire broke out and a gunman was shooting at everyone,» said Zahir Khan, who hid under a table and later escaped. «He was shooting at doctors, patients and visitors.»

Angriperne var fire: En sprengte seg ved inngangen, og tre andre gikk inn bevisste på at de ikke kom til å slippe ut igjen. Sykehuset ligger vis-a-vis den amerikanske ambassaden. Man kan tenke seg hva amerikanerne følte: Så nær!

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital, across the road from the heavily fortified U.S. embassy, and three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex, security officials said.

Men angrepet pågikk sendte IS ut bilder via appen Telegram: Slik fungerer moderne jihad, den er live.

The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency shared two images via the Telegram messaging app that appeared to show one of the militants taking part in the assault and a number of dead bodies.

Pasienter og personale løp for livet. Flere gjemte seg på avsatser på utsiden av bygningen.

En touch av Saigon: Soldater fra den afghanske hæren slippes ned over taket av sykehuset. Det tok mange timer å nedkjempe angriperne. Foto: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters/Scanpix.

Taliban benektet at de sto bak. Angrep på sykehus har en nedside. Men ikke for IS:

A statement from Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency said its fighters had attacked the hospital, while a Taliban spokesman denied responsibility, saying the movement had «no connection» with the attack.

IS har gjennomført flere dristige angrep inne i Kabul. De har en forkjærlighet for å angripe shiaer.

Taliban er ikke blitt mindre aggressive. Det er snarere slik at det er konkurranse mellom dem og IS:

The attack comes just a week after dozens of people were killed and wounded in coordinated attacks on a police station and an office of the intelligence service in Kabul.

That attack was claimed by the Taliban, who are seeking to expel foreign troops, defeat the U.S.-backed government and reimpose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

Myndighetene har bedt om økt internasjonal assistanse, men Trump-administrasjonen har ennå ikke fått summet seg. Hva blir dens politikk?

IS står på grensen til Pakistan. Får IS hjelp defra, i likhet med Taliban? I så fall kan Trump måtte gjøre noe med Pakistans toleranse og støtte til jihadister. Det har hverken Bush II eller Obama turt.

The raid on the hospital underlines warnings by government officials that high-profile attacks in Kabul are likely to escalate this year.

With U.S. President Donald Trump yet to announce his policy for Afghanistan, where the top U.S. commander has said thousands more international troops may be needed to maintain stability, it also underlines the growing threat from Islamic State.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKBN16F0GP?il=0