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Three People Killed In Raid On Clinic In Afghanistan

Two patients and a caretaker have been killed in an attack on a clinic in Afghanistan run by a Swedish charity.

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) accused the Afghan Army of carrying out the raid on the clinic in the central province of Wardak late on February 17.

In a statement on February 18, Jorgen Holmstrom, country director of SCA, called the attack “a gross violation of humanitarian principles” and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

"Medical facilities and medical staff are to provide treatment to anyone in need and patients are to be granted safety according to humanitarian law," he said.

Provincial government spokesman Hemat, who like many Afghans goes by one name only, said a special forces unit conducted an operation in the Tangi Saidan area of Wardak and killed four insurgents.

He said he was unaware of a raid on a hospital, but a provincial official and some local residents said the facility had been hit.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters