MSF Officials Meet Ghani Over Hospital Attack

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) officials on Friday met with President Ashraf Ghani over the recent deadly air strike on their facility in Kunduz.

Held at the presidential palace, the meeting was attended by Christopher Stokes, the MSF General Director; Guilhem Molinie, MSF Country Representative for Afghanistan; Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Ghani’s national security advisor; and Abdul Salam Rahimi, head of president’s administrative affairs office.

Ghani urged however at the meeting that it was premature to judge the strike unless the investigations are completed, Ghani’s office said in a statement.

He stressed that the Afghan forces did not get into the hospital and no security force member violated human’s rights, it added.

The airstrike was conducted in the early hours of the Saturday morning, killing 22 people, including 12 staff members of MSF, also called “Doctors without Borders.”

MSF officials have however blamed the United States, demanding an independent investigation into the incident.

This comes after the United States’ commander of international forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell said on Tuesday that the airstrike on the hospital had been a mistake.

Campbell said U.S. forces had responded to requests from Afghan forces and provided close air support as they engaged in a fight with Taliban militants in Kunduz city – which fell to the Taliban last Monday.

Ghani meanwhile assigned a fact-finding team to review the Kunduz situation.

Members of the new task team include former chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) Amrullah Saleh, former minister of education Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Fazel Karim Emaq, Ayoub Rafiqi and Abdallullah Mohammadi, the press release read.

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