A United States military inquiry has found the destruction of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a result of “human error”.
The crew of the AC-130 gunship, which destroyed the hospital in an air strike on October 3, killing at least 30 civilians, had mistaken the building for one controlled by the Taliban, the investigation found.
“The U.S. forces directly involved in this incident did not know the targeted compound was the [Doctors Without Borders] trauma centre,” said US Army General John Campbell, head of coalition forces in Afghanistan. “The medical facility was misidentified as a target by US personnel who believed they were striking a different building several hundred meters away where there were reports of combatants.
“This was a tragic, but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error.”
MSF has reiterated its call for an independent investigation into the incident, saying it was a frightening catalogue of errors that “illustrates gross negligence on the part of US forces and violations of the rules of war”.
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Top photo of the destroyed MSF hospital from BBC’s TV coverage.