MSF hospital strike 'caused by human error'

'Tragic but avoidable accident (was) caused primarily by human error,' General John Campbell says

MSF hospital strike 'caused by human error'

World Bulletin / News Desk

A U.S. air strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people was caused primarily by human error, the commander of U.S. forces said Wednesday, announcing the results of an investigation.

The "tragic but avoidable accident (was) caused primarily by human error," General John Campbell said.

He said disciplinary action will be taken.

The hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan came under devastating fire on October 3 from a U.S. special operations AC-130 gunship, in a prolonged attack that drew international condemnation.

"The medical facility was misidentified as a target by U.S. personnel who believed they were striking a different building several hundred meters away where there were reports of combatants," Campbell said.

"The personnel who requested the strike and those who executed it from the air did not undertake appropriate measures to verify that the facility was a legitimate military target," he said.

Last Mod: 25 Kasım 2015, 16:59
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