March 8, 2017 / 1:46 PM / 7 months ago

Germany condemns "cowardly" attack on Afghan hospital claimed by IS

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers keep watch outside a military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Wednesday condemned as “insidious and cowardly” an attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital, saying the act was further proof of the “brutal inhumanity” of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

“According to our knowledge, the terror organisation IS has claimed responsibility for this attack,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in Berlin.

“This is additional evidence of the brutal inhumanity of this terror gang,” he added.

Gunmen dressed as medics stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital and battled security forces for hours on Wednesday, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Andrea Shalal

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