Independent investigation required for innocent killings in Afghanistan –human rights group

"The Afghan government does not even question [the US] when civilians are killed in such air raids,"

Independent investigation required for innocent killings in Afghanistan –human rights group

"The Afghan government does not even question [the US] when civilians are killed in such air raids,"

05 October 2017 Thursday 12:11
Independent investigation required for innocent killings in Afghanistan –human rights group

By Azania Post Reporter

HUMAN rights group in Afghanistan say they demand an independent investigation toward killing of 42 innocent civilians recently.

It was reported that the said people were killed in an attack at a hospital near northern city of Kunduz. Twenty-four patients,14 staff and four caretakers were among the dead.

The US military said the air raid was a "mistake" and apologised, but insisted the attack was not a war crime.

But two years on, relatives of those killed say rights groups are "silent" over the raids, as civilians elsewhere continue face mounting insecurity, displacement and death across the country.

"After every such mistake, they open an investigation and in a few days' time, we never hear about it again," said Zekrullah Ahmadi, a Kunduz resident whose brother Shafiq was killed in the MSF hospital tragedy.

"The Afghan government does not even question [the US] when civilians are killed in such air raids," he said, confirming he has not heard about the result of the investigation.

The attack on the hospital came hours after Taliban fighters seized control of the strategic city, in their most significant victory since being booted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001.

Afghan forces, backed by their NATO allies, claimed to have wrested back control of the city.

Ahmadi's brother, at the time, was undergoing treatment for wounds sustained in a battle between the Taliban and the Afghan security forces.

"We found out about the bombing and rushed to the hospital. We could not go inside as the building was on fire," he said.

He said they have lost Shafiq and it has been two years, still he can't believe that he lost him

In November 2016, at least 30 civilians - including women, children and babies - were killed and dozens wounded in a NATO air raid, also in Kunduz.

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Updated: 06.10.2017 09:40
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