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Aid panel wants probe of deadly US airstrike in Kunduz

Published 14/10/2015

Taliban fighters pose for a photo next to a UN vehicle they plundered in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (AP)
Taliban fighters pose for a photo next to a UN vehicle they plundered in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (AP)

Doctors Without Borders says it has received word that an international humanitarian fact-finding commission has asked the United States and Afghanistan to authorise a probe of the deadly air strikes on an Afghan hospital.

The aid agency known by the French acronym MSF said the Switzerland-based IHFFC has been "activated" as a first step into investigating repeated strikes on October 3 on a hospital in northern Kunduz that killed 12 staffers and 10 patients amid fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban rebels.

US officials have called the strikes a mistake and President Barack Obama has apologized to MSF's international president.

The US has vowed to conduct an investigation, but says an international probe is not needed. Afghan authorities are also investigating.

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