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U.S. Probe Says Afghan Hospital Attack Was 'Tragic Accident'


File photo of fires burning in parts of the MSF hospital in Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike in early October.

The U.S. investigation into a deadly attack on a hospital run by the French charity Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan concluded that it was an "avoidable accident" caused primarily by human error.

U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told a news conference in Kabul on November 25 that the October 3 attack, which killed at least 30 people in the northern city of Kunduz, was unintentional.

"This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities," said Campbell.

Campbell, who unveiled the results of the U.S. investigation, said individuals closest to the incident have been suspended from their duties.

He said those individuals will be subject to investigation under the military justice or administrative discipline systems.

Campbell did not give any names or said how many people have been temporarily removed from their jobs.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the release of the report.

"This U.S. investigation did not ignore any facts or evidence, admits mistakes that were made, and will enable the authorities to learn from the mistakes and hold people accountable where appropriate," he said, in a statement released by the presidential office.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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