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US investigating Kunduz hospital bombing: Pentagon

US investigating Kunduz hospital bombing: Pentagon

Oct 03, 2015 - 18:22

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States is investigating reports its airstrikes hit a medical facility in the capital of northern Kunduz province, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

At least nine people died and 37 were seriously injured when US airstrikes hit the medical facility run by Doctors Without Border, the charity organization said.

US forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz City at 2:15am local Afghan time on Saturday against individuals threatening the force, said Colonel Brian Tribus, a spokesman for the US Forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.  This incident is under investigation,” Tribus said.

Doctors Without Borders said at least nine members of its staff had been killed and 37 wounded, 19 of them hospital staff members. It described the hospital as “very badly damaged.”

In a statement, the aid group, also known by its French name, Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, accused the American military of continuing the bombing for 30 minutes after receiving phone calls telling military contacts that the hospital was being bombed.

“All parties to the conflict including in Kabulinfo-icon and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location [GPS Coordinates] of the MSF facilities – hospital, guesthouse, office,” the statement said.

“MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened,” the group added. Some of the most critically injured were being transferred for stabilization to a hospital in Pul-i-Khumri, two hours’ drive away, it said.

Since Thursday Kunduz has been the scene of heavy fighting after Afghan security forces began a counterattack on the Talibaninfo-icon, which captured the city on late Monday after launching a multi-pronged attack on the city.


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