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Blasts, gunfire hit Kabul military hospital

Gunmen dressed in white lab coats stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital

and battled security forces for hours, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens. Defence ministry officials said the attack started at 9am with a suicide bombing at the front gate of the Sardar Daud Khan hospital in the Wazir Akbar Khan area, central Kabul, on Wednesday. It was the latest in a series of attacks against civilian and military targets in Afghanistan, and underlined the growing threat posed by anti-government fighters. The gunmen took positions on the upper floors of the hospital and engaged special forces sent to the scene. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the defence ministry, told Al Jazeera three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex, the largest of its kind in the Afghan capital. "Our security forces engaged but they were also careful to not cause any casualties. It was a difficult situation," Waziri said.