Two babies, 12 mothers and nurses were reported killed in a militant attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday May 14th.
Another 15 people, including children, sustained injuries during the attack by militant group.
Reacting to this, President Ashraf Ghani said he was ordering the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban and other groups.
He accused the militants of ignoring repeated calls for a reduction in violence.
The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack on a police commander’s funeral in Nangarhar, in the east of the country. It is still not clear who carried out the attack on the hospital, and the Taliban have denied any involvement.
A maternity ward in the hospital is run by the international medical charity Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and some of those working there are foreigners.