'Unforgivable': Attack On Afghan Hospital Kills At Least 16, Including Newborns The assault in Kabul targets a maternity ward and shocks a country grimly accustomed to violence. And it isn't the only attack Tuesday as a suicide blast tears through a funeral in another province.
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'Unforgivable': Attack On Afghan Hospital Kills At Least 16, Including Newborns

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'Unforgivable': Attack On Afghan Hospital Kills At Least 16, Including Newborns

'Unforgivable': Attack On Afghan Hospital Kills At Least 16, Including Newborns

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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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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