US probing bombing of charity hospital
The commander of United States forces in Afghanistan says the military is opening an investigation into the deadly bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.
"While we work to thoroughly examine the incident and determine what happened, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected," said General John F. Campbell in a statement.
"US forces conducted an air strike 'in the vicinity' of the hospital around 2:15 a.m. local time, targeting insurgents who were firing upon US service members 'advising and assisting' Afghan security forces," the statement said.
The charity reports that the hospital was repeatedly bombed at approximately 15-minute intervals between 2:08 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. yesterday morning.
Doctors Without Borders says 12 staff members and at least seven patients, including three children, died in the incident.
The medical charity, also known by the French acronym MSF, adds that 37 people were injured, including 19 staff members.