Kun­duz strike: US to com­pen­sate vic­tims of hos­pi­tal bomb­ing

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Pen­tagon is to pay com­pen­sa­tion for those killed and in­jured in a US strike on a Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (MSF) hos­pi­tal in north­ern Afghanistan.

At least 22 staff and pa­tients were killed in the bomb­ing in the city of Kun­duz a week ago.

The US has said the strike was a mis­take and that it was try­ing to tar­get Tal­iban in­sur­gents.

MSF has called the at­tack a war crime and called for an in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate.

Those in­jured in the strike and the fam­i­lies of those killed are el­i­gi­ble for “con­do­lence pay­ments” from the US.

“The Depart­ment of De­fence be­lieves it is im­por­tant to ad­dress the con­se­quences of the tragic in­ci­dent at the MSF hos­pi­tal,” a Pen­tagon spokesman said.

Funds will also be made avail­able to re­pair the hos­pi­tal, the Pen­tagon added.

Pres­i­dent Obama has apol­o­gised to the MSF pres­i­dent and the Afghan leader for the in­ci­dent.

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