An air strike hits a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, killing at least 19 people in what the U.S. military called possible “collateral damage” in a battle to oust Taliban insurgents.
KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN (MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES) – An air strike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday (October 3), killing at least 19 people, MSF said.
A video released in May 2015 and shot in the same hospital showed Medecins Sans Frontieres doctors treating a father and his boy wounded in a bomb blast.
The U.S. military promised to investigate the incident, which could renew concerns over the use of its air power in the conflict.
U.S. forces launched an air strike at 2.15 a.m. (2145 GMT), spokesman, Col. Brian Tribus, said in a statement.
“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility … This incident is under investigation,” he added.
Frantic MSF staff phoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington after the attack, and bombs continued to rain down near the medical facility for nearly an hour, one official from the aid group said.
Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air power have fought to drive the Taliban out of the northern provincial capital since the militants seized it six days ago, in the biggest victory of their near 14-year insurgency.