KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber slipped into a well-guarded Afghan military hospital complex in the capital Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens, the Defense Ministry said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The thunderous blast, which echoed across much of Kabul, marked the first major assault inside the capital since Taliban fighters announced the start of their "spring offensive" at the beginning of May.
The noontime explosion took place in a part of the sprawling compound mainly devoted to medical training, Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammed Azimi told Afghanistan's Tolo television.
The hospital facility is overcrowded, and some work areas and trainee accommodations are housed in tents, according to Afghan military officials. The bomber was said to have struck a tent used as a dining hall.