Strike ‘human error’: Kunduz Hospital Bombing

Published: November 25, 2015

Strike ‘human error’: Kunduz Hospital Bombing, The US military bombing of an Afghan hospital, which killed at least 30 people, was caused by “human error”, a top commander has said.

US Army General John Campbell, head of international and US forces in Afghanistan, described the October 3 attack on the city of Kunduz as a “tragic mistake”.

“US forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities,” he added.

The individuals involved in the incident have since been suspended from their duties.
Many of the dead at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital were patients.

It was reported that some in the intensive care units were burning in their beds. Around 12 MSF staff and three children also died in the attack.

The investigation by the US military found US forces misidentified the hospital and believed they were striking a Taliban base several hundred feet away.

The hospital called US forces 12 minutes into the strike to inform them they were under attack.

Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner, the deputy chief of staff for communication for international forces in Afghanistan, said by the time the mistake was realised they had stopped firing.

He added: “The investigation found that some of the US individuals involved did not follow the rules of engagement.”


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