Foreign troops involved in Wardak clinic raid: SCA
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Swedish non-government organization on Wednesday said international troops were almost certainly involved in a military raid that led to the killing of three people after being taken away from a clinic in central Maidan Wardak province.
Jorgen Holmstrom, country director of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, said two patients and a boy were taken away from the clinic and were killed on the night of Feb. 17.
He said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) had confirmed earlier indications that foreign troops were involved in the raid.
“Through information we received through UNAMA and information from our own staff, we believe it is almost certainly clear that international troops took part in the raid conducted against the clinic," the SCA said in a statement.
It said clinic staff believed that at least two people involved in the raid "spoke a language that sounded like English." It added that one person at the clinic said they wore "foreign uniforms."
Earlier, the SCA's communications coordinator Bjorn Lindh said the three were taken to a nearby bazaar and killed.
The SCA's statement demanded the Afghan government and foreign forces provide a detailed explanation of the incident. "An independent investigation of the incident must be implemented," Holmstrom said.
UNAMA said in a statement had said Interior Ministry special forces and international forces had conducted the operation.
The SCA statement also said the clinic staff were arrested and beaten, calling the intrusion and the killing a gross violation of humanitarian principles and the Geneva Convention.
The clinic in Tangi Sidan has 10 beds and employs 23 people, 19 men and 4 women and is the only medical institution in the area and.
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