News - Afghanistan
The U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon's preliminary report on the deadly U.S airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz is taking longer than expected.
The MSF said Friday that one more staff member was confirmed to have been killed with two additional patients presumed dead, bringing the total to 25 victims.
"Efforts are ongoing to determine the identities of seven other unrecognizable bodies found in the wreckage of the hospital, all of whom have now been buried," said the medical charity in a statement. "These unfortunately may not be final numbers."
The Pentagon had expected to issue initial findings this week on the October 3 attack on the hospital run by MSF, but Carter said that report was not yet complete.
"We want to get this done, but we want to get it done right," Carter said at a Pentagon press briefing. "Accountability is part of our obligation to those who died in Kunduz and it must inform everything we do here at the Department of Defense."
The Pentagon, NATO and the Afghan government are conducting separate investigations into one of the worst U.S attacks resulting in civilian casualties since the war began 14 years ago.
Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S commander in Afghanistan, has already called the airstrike a mistake. But it remains unclear how the mistake happened.
The strike occurred as the Taliban grabbed control of Kunduz, a city of 300,000 people - the first time since the U.S-led invasion in 2001 that they seized a major Afghan city.