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9 killed in airstrike on MSF hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Iran Press TV

Sat Oct 3, 2015 6:38AM

An aerial assault, possibly carried out by US forces, has hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing nearly 10 people at the humanitarian organization.

In a statement on Saturday, the charity group, known by its French acronym MSF, said its trauma center in the northern embattled city of Kunduz was bombed several times and "badly damaged."

The Paris-based group added that the attack claimed nine lives and injured 37 others

'It is with deep sadness that we confirm so far the death of nine MSF staff during the bombing... 37 people were seriously wounded... There are many patients and staff who remain unaccounted for," said the MSF.

Meanwhile, the US-led NATO military alliance said American forces may have conducted the airstrike.

"US forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz city at 2:15 a.m. (local time)... against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation," a NATO statement said.

Conflicting reports on Kunduz

Kunduz has been the scene of heavy clashes between Afghan government forces and Taliban militants, who seized the city late last month.

The Afghan officials said Thursday that they have managed to wrest back control of Kunduz from Taliban militants, but local sources says the city is not fully liberated.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, has said that militants were holding their ground in the volatile city. However, some Taliban sources have admitted that the militants were conducting a retreat from Kunduz.

The attacked MSF center, a key medical lifeline in the region, is said to have been running "beyond capacity" in recent days of fighting.

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