Report: Nine Medical Staff Killed in US Bombing of Afghan Hospital

A hospital where Doctors Without Borders was treating people injured in fighting in the Afghan city of Kunduz came under fire early Saturday, possibly from U.S. aircraft, and at least 19 people were killed, including 12 aid workers.

Dozens of hospital staff and patients were wounded in what the aid group described as a sustained bombing as Afghan soldiers backed by international forces continue to battle Taliban fighters in the northern city.

“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility,” U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in an e-mailed statement. He said that an investigation was under way.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the area has been the scene of intense fighting in recent days, adding that both U.S. and Taliban forces were operating nearby. “While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected,” he said.