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3 killed and 30 missing after hospital bombed in Afghanistan

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Medical aid group Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF) said its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was badly damaged, three staff of the humanitarian aid organisation Doctors Without Borders were killed after bombing and 30 staff were unaccounted after overnight bombing which hit the trauma center several times, the charity said in a statement.

The medical team of MSF is working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff.” And the MSF trauma centre in Kunduz is the only medical facility in the region that can deal with major injuries.

At the time of the bombing, 105 patients and their caretakers and more than 80 MSF international and national staff were present in the hospital, the charity said.

NATO said US forces may be behind the strike.

Army spokesman Col. Brian Tribus said. U.S. forces carried out a nearby strike early Saturday “against individuals threatening the force.”

The strike “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility,” he said in a statement. The military is investigating.

Taliban fighters have since been expanding the fight to other northern provinces after heavy clashes with Afghan government troops backed by NATO special forces and US air strikes, have been going from house to house in a bid to flush out insurgents in the city.