9 dead, dozens wounded in air strike on Kunduz hospital


KABUL: A suspected US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz Saturday left nine Doctors Without Borders staff dead and dozens of others seriously wounded, the charity said, days after Taliban insurgents overran the northern Afghan city. The MSF facility is seen as a key medical lifeline in the region and has been running “beyond capacity” during recent fighting that saw the Taliban seize control of the northern provincial capital for several days. The strike early Saturday left the building engulfed in flames, with photos posted by MSF on Twitter showing shocked and dazed staff in the aftermath of the bombing. “At 2:10 a.m. local time… the MSF trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged,” it said in a statement.

“It is with deep sadness that we confirm so far the death of nine MSF staff during the bombing… 37 people were seriously wounded . . . There are many patients and staff who remain unaccounted for.”



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