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Kabul attack causes millions of afghanis in damage

Kabul attack causes millions of afghanis in damage

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Jan 28, 2018 - 21:14

KABUL (Pajhwok): In addition to causing heavy casualties, Saturday’s suicide car attack also resulted in millions of afghanis losses to public facilities such as the Jamhuriat Hospital and the Ministry of Public Health.

The attack carried out through an ambulance left at least 103 people dead and 235 others wounded in capital Kabul.

The attacker had been able to cross one security check post, but was identified at the second post near Jamhoriat Hospital. The attacker then blew the explosives up.

The attack that drew condemnation from across the world was claimed by the Taliban.

A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter from the incident site said the explosion was so powerful that it destroyed several parts of Jamhuriat Hospital and nearby shops.

Dr. Mohammad Haroon Ilbigi, head of Jamhuriat Hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the emergency ward and a number of medical machines, walls, doors, windows, glasses and ceiling of the hospital had been destroyed.

“Based on our calculations, our hospital suffered around 15 million afghanis losses. A delegation from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is appointed for surveying the financial damage,” he said.

He said many sections of the hospital such as x-ray, laboratory, emergency service and the surgery ward were reactivated with resupplying and clearing them.

Despite being seriously damaged and its five workers injured, the hospital provided treatment to 132 injured people, he added.

Shima, one of the patients injured in Saturday’s attack, said: “I was in my hospital bed when suddenly a bomb exploded outside and the flying window glasses injured my hand. A number of other hospitalized patients were injured in this hospital.”

Patients immediately ran away from their beds and all patients were horrified by the attack, she said, adding doctors started emergency aid after an hour of the attack.

Kanishka Turkistani, head of Environmental Health Department at MoPH, said that his department had been totally destroyed in the blast that wiped out everything inside.

He said 25 staff members of the department were injured with three of them in critical condition and two others were still missing.

About financial losses, he said exact statistics were not yet available. But other officials of the department said the losses were in millions of afghanis.

Dozens of shops also destroyed:

Ahmad Zia, who owns a printing house in the incident area, said there were around 40 shops in the area and each suffered from 10,000 afghanis to hundreds of thousands of afghanis losses in the attack.

“I also suffered hundreds of thousands of afghanis losses.  I had invested $100,000 in this printing house. I trained staff, decorated this center and found customers, but all is reduced to rubble,” he said.

He said a number of shopkeepers had been injured and several others were still missing.

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