AN AIR RAID on Saturday October 3, has claimed the lives of at least nine people, including employees of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who were managing the hospital in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan,
In a statement, MSF said, “At 2:10am on Saturday 3 October, the Médecins Sans Frontières Trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing, and was very badly damaged.”
Some health workers and patients are still unaccounted for at this time.
This was the only hospital still functioning in the city after fighting broke out on Monday September 29, triggered by the entry of Taliban soldiers to the area.
The United States has admitted the possibility of having caused “collateral damage” and is investigating the attack.
MSF added, “The bombing continued for at least 30 minutes”, a fact which was confirmed by the US and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington.
MSF has criticised the action in a statement, and the organisation has called for an urgent explanation of what happened. They also state that all parties in the conflict on all sides had been notified of the exact location (GPS coordinates) of its facilities, including the hospital.