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Wolesi Jirga to probe negligence in hospital attack

Wolesi Jirga to probe negligence in hospital attack

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Mar 11, 2017 - 20:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament on Saturday decided to hold an extraordinary session tomorrow and investigate about negligence in preventing a deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul.

Three days back, gunmen stormed the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital, killing 49 people and injuring 50.

Nazifa Zaki, a lawmaker from Kabul, told today’s session that the terrorists had visited the hospital before the attack with the help of some newly-appointed doctors to plan the assault. “What our security and intelligence institutions were doing as they had not been able to have prior information of the attack.”

She said security forces had committed negligence in preventing the attack on the hospital, urging colleagues to investigate about the negligence.

She suggested a delegation should be tasked with investigating the incident from different angles and compiling a report on individuals and institutions, which had committed negligence.

Her colleague Almas Zahid from Kabul echoed her views, asking the house to summon the defence and interior ministers and the spy-master to clarify their positions.

Abdul Rahim Ayoubi from Kandahar called the attack on the hospital 'a serious security lapse’ especially on the part of the intelligence and detective organs, saying the government should be held responsible.

“If there had been no insider’s help, how could the terrorists pass through several steel rings and find their way to the hospital.”

At the end of the session, Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi ruled an extraordinary session to be held tomorrow (Sunday) would decide on the incident.

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