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May 12th, 2020

Massacre in a Maternity Ward

May 12th, 2020

Twenty-four women, children and babies were killed when gunmen entered the facility and opened fire on 12 May.

MSF said it had taken the decision "with the understanding" that the victims were deliberately targeted.

Three gunmen moved through the 55-bed maternity unit, which has been run by MSF since 2014.

A total of 26 mothers and mothers-to-be were inside at the time. Ten managed to flee to safe rooms; the other 16 were unable to do so.

Three of the 16 mothers were shot and killed in the delivery room, along with their unborn babies.

Afghan special forces rescued 100 women and children, including three foreigners.

The three attackers, who had reportedly gained access dressed as police officers, started a gun battle with Afghan security forces that went on for four hours. All three of the gunmen were eventually killed by security personnel.

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