Russia Calls For Justice After Attack on Kabul Maternity Hospital

Moscow has asked all stakeholders in Afghanistan to cooperate in order to bring those responsible for the deadly attack on a maternity ward at a Kabul hospital, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“We call on all warring parties engaged in the Afghan conflict as well as international coalition forces to find and punish those responsible for this crime. No effort should be spared in stopping IS from inflicting pain and suffering,” the statement read.

Gunmen stormed the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Afghanistan’s capital on 12 May. Witnesses told reporters the assailants shot people at random, including mothers, nurses, and children. The aid group Médecins Sans Frontières runs a 30-bed maternity unit at the hospital.

The suicide bombing attack and ensuing gun battles killed at least 24 civilians, including 2 infants, and wounded at least 15. More than 80 patients, including children, were evacuated from the hospital.

Taliban militants have denied involvement in the hospital attack.

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