October 28, 2016

US attacked Kunduz clinic ‘in error’

A US military inquiry says a US aircraft attacked a clinic named Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz by bombing because of “human error”.

The investigation found that the crew of the AC-130 gunship mistook the clinic for a nearby government building that had been seized by Taliban.

At least 30 civilians were killed in the 3 October attack, amid a campaign to retake Kunduz from Taliban forces.
MSF described the attack as a war crime and demanded a thorough investigation.

The medical charity also disputed initial US justifications for the attack, which suggested US forces had struck near the hospital because they had come under fire in the area.

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