Fifteen injured people arrived at EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul following two attacks. Yesterday, 11 January, two different attacks took place in Afghanistan’s capital city: one was caused by an explosive device placed near a market in a densely populated commercial area, and the other by an explosive device placed under a vehicle that reportedly did not harm anyone. Four victims of the market explosion arrived in a serious condition and were immediately transferred to the operating theatre.
“Our hospital immediately activated mass casualty procedures and the team prepared to receive a large number of patients in a short period of time,” explains Francesco Sacchi, EMERGENCY’s Programme Director in Afghanistan. “Among the first patients to arrive was a 5-year-old boy in critical condition, who was immediately taken to the operating theatre.”
Since the beginning of the year, 23 wounded people have been received at EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul following four explosions.
“The target of these attacks is the civilian population: minibuses carrying workers, markets. While last year for eight months in a row – from March to October – there were no attacks in Kabul, now in less than a week – from 6 to 11 January – there have been four attacks. These facts are worrying, for both the number and frequency of the latest attacks,” concludes Sacchi.