Friday 30 September 2016

'No armed men' in Afghan clinic bombed by US

Published 05/11/2015 | 14:31

The attack on the Kunduz hospital killed 30 people
The attack on the Kunduz hospital killed 30 people

Wounded Taliban fighters were being treated in an Afghan hospital bombed by US forces but there were no armed men or fighting in the area, Doctors Without Borders said.

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The international medical charity, known by its French acronym MSF, released an internal report confirming US forces had the exact co-ordinates of the clinic before launching an aerial assault on October 3 that killed 30 people, including doctors and patients.

MSF general director Christopher Stokes said the group treats anyone wounded in armed conflict without regard to political affiliation and that its "no weapons" policy was upheld at the hospital.

The US military has said the attack, requested by Afghan forces, was a mistake.

Mr Stokes says "a mistake is quite hard to believe and understand".

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