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Hospital bombing: Ghani welcomes US probe results

Hospital bombing: Ghani welcomes US probe results

Nov 26, 2015 - 12:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Thursday welcomed the release of the findings of a US investigation into the Oct. 3airstrike on the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)hospital in Kunduz City.

At least 30 people, including a dozen MSF staff and patients, were killed in the raid, which left another 37 people wounded. The building of the hospital was completely burnt as a result of widely-condemned attack.

President Ashraf Ghani regretted the loss of life and offered his condolences to the victims’ families. He commendedstaff of the medical charity and other humanitarian organisations for their selfless efforts in support of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In a statement, the president said the investigation, which is consistent with the findings of a separate NATOinfo-icon Combined Civilian Casualty Assessment Team’s report, was conducted in a thorough manner.

The probe would outline measures that could be taken to prevent a recurrence of such incidents in the future, he added.“Unlike terrorists, who deliberately target the civilian population, we take all possible steps to avoid harm to civilians.”

He insisted: “This US investigation did not ignore any facts or evidence, admits mistakes that were made, and will enable the authorities to learn from the mistakes and hold people accountable, where appropriate.”

Ghani supported US efforts to act on the recommendations of the internal military inquiry report. He hoped the US would work with its partners to avoid such tragic incidents.

“The government will also review its procedures, include further training for the defense and security forces, to ensure the safety of protected sites as we cling to our commitments to protect our citizens,” he added.

“Such mistakes can and should be avoided,” believed Ghani. “But it is also a painful demonstration of the cost of war being brought upon us by terrorist groups and the enemies of Afghanistan,” Ghani concluded.


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