U.S. probe says Afghan hospital strike was tragic accident

by Reuters
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:57 GMT

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. investigation into a deadly Oct. 3 strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz concluded it was an "avoidable accident" caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday.

"This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities," said U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Campbell, unveiling the results of the investigation, told reporters at a news briefing the individuals closest to the incident have been suspended from their duties.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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