Afghanistan holds 24 amid questions over possible hospital insider attack

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March 15, 2017 12:47
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KABUL - Afghan authorities have detained 24 people in connection with what appears to have been an insider attack on a military hospital in Kabul last week, including some of the staff, officials said on Wednesday.

However they stonewalled a growing chorus of questions about how it was possible for gunmen to get into Afghanistan's largest military hospital, just a stone's throw from the heavily fortified US embassy in the heart of the capital.

"We are working on evidence to find out if someone has been involved from the hospital," Deputy Defense Minister Helaludin Helal told a news conference in Kabul. "The process is complicated and it takes time."

At least 50 people were killed and more than 30 wounded in what security officials say was a well-coordinated operation, involving at least five gunmen dressed as medics.

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