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Child killed, 8 injured as mortar hits Wardak hospital

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Child killed, 8 injured as mortar hits Wardak hospital

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Oct 26, 2016 - 19:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A child was killed and eight people were injured in a Talibaninfo-icon-fired mortar strike on the civil hospital in the capital of central Madian Wardak province on Wednesday.

The Taliban militants fired mortars into Maidan Shahr city targeting security posts on the Kabul-Kandahar and Maidan Shahr-Bamyan highways this morning.

A provincial council member, Sharfiullah Hottak, told Pajhwok Afghan News one of the mortar shells fired by Taliban militants hit the Maidan Shahr Civil Hospital, killing a child and injuring eight other patients including children.

He said a security post belonging to the public order police was surrounded by Taliban militants on the outskirts of Maidan Sharh. Reinforcements on the way to the public order police security post also came under a Taliban ambush, he added.

Hottak said one mortar shell also landed near Maidan Shahr municipality, but caused no casualties.

Governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Mangal, was unaware about the attack on the hospital, but said Taliban’s assaults on other areas of the city had been repulsed.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said all roads of Maidan Wardak province had been blocked by the militants.

Militant attacks on Maidan Wardak police headquarters and other government facilities were underway, he said.

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