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In Kabul this morning, an attack has horrified even people long accustomed to the brutality of Afghanistan's conflict. The target was a maternity hospital, and the dead include at least 11 mothers and two newborns. NPR's Diaa Hadid reports.
DIAA HADID, BYLINE: A video of the incident provided by a government official shows an Afghan Special Forces member in a flak jacket, an assault rifle slung on his shoulder, rushing out of the hospital clutching a baby swaddled in blankets.
HADID: Doctors Without Borders supports the hospital, and hours before the attackers struck, the aid group tweeted they'd just delivered a baby in the maternity ward, Mohammad Omar. He's cute, they added. Targeting the hospital provoked heart-wrenching reactions.
SHAHARZAD AKBAR: It has been personal for me because I'm preparing for my son's first birthday. It's tomorrow.
HADID: Shaharzad Akbar is the chairwoman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
AKBAR: Birth is such a moment of hope. It's this promise to a new life that can be a better life, that can be a different life. We're reminded in that moment that you are probably going to raise your child in war and that their life is in danger even if - before they are born.
HADID: And it's not clear what happened to that baby who was born just hours ago, Mohammad Omar, the one Doctors Without Borders said was cute.
Diaa Hadid, NPR News, Islamabad.
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