Taliban loses influential military commander in Kabul hospital attack

Taliban loses influential military commander in Kabul hospital attack

The Taliban has lost Hamdullah Mokhles, an influential military commander of the group, in the complex attack on a 400-bed military hospital on Tuesday, November 02, in the capital Kabul, a source at the Ministry of Defense told Kabul Now today.

He was one of the first commanders who entered the presidential palace, and then sat on presidential chair after Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s escape on August 15. He was one of the most influential and powerful commanders of the group currently controlling the whole country.

On Tuesday, November 02, five fighters affiliated with the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP), as the Taliban has claimed, stormed Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital after detonating two explosives at its entry and inside its compound.

The two sides engaged in armed clashes inside the hospital for several hours after the twin explosions.

The incident took place yesterday, around 12:00 PM, in PD10.

According to the Taliban, all the five assailants have been killed during the battle inside the hospital.

The Taliban has also confirmed that seven people lost their lives, including three women, one child and three Taliban security forces.

Some foreign media, however, have reported that at least 25 people were killed and more than 40 others wounded as a result of the attack.

Though the Taliban blamed the ISKP, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. The same hospital was attacked previously by the ISKP leaving tens of people killed and wounded.