Afghan officials deny insider involvement in hospital massacre

AFP and Staff

KABUL -- The Afghan Defence Ministry Wednesday (March 15) shrugged off allegations that insiders were involved in a catastrophic insurgent attack on the country's largest military hospital, as it faces scathing public criticism over the assault.

Gunmen disguised as doctors stormed Sardar Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul last Wednesday, with multiple surviving staff telling AFP that insiders including two interns were among the attackers.

"We have no evidence it was an insider job," Deputy Defence Minister Helaludin Helal, head of a government investigation team, told reporters.

He said 24 hospital and military officials accused of "negligence of duty" are being prosecuted.

Helal said 50 people were killed by five attackers, while survivors put the death toll at more than 100.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) took responsibility for the massacre.

The victims included three Afghan generals, TOLO News reported Thursday (March 14), identifying one as Gen. Daud Askaryar of the Ministry of Interior.

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