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    In this photograph taken on November 10 ,2015, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff walk in the damaged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz

    Brother of Kunduz Doctor Killed by US Airstrike Slams Pentagon's Apology

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    An apology is not enough for an Afghani doctor, whose brother was killed in the US airstrike against a Kunduz hospital.

    With his brother, also a doctor, gone, killed by a United States airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz, Dr. Karim Bajaouri says that an apology is not enough to make up for the killings.

    On Tuesday, the new US Forces in Afghanistan commander John Nicholson visited Kunduz, to "deeply apologize" for the attack. The attack, which killed 47 people and injured 37, took place against a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, then occupied by the Taliban. 

    "They are asking forgiveness for killing civilians?! They're only making an apology? First they fire on civilians and then apologize. Personally, I don't need such apologies, I do not accept them. Our moral wounds cannot be healed this way," Bajaouri told Sputnik Dari.

    He added that he does not believe that the Afghani government is independent enough from the US to ask for more measures than a simple apology. In addition to that, the issue of compensation has not been addressed for his brother, who is survived by a wife and two four children.

    "My brother was not only a practicing doctor, he also taught medical sciences at the university. There are only a handful of such qualified specialists in Afghanistan, and now we see how they and their memory are treated," Bajaouri added.

    Bajaoui also claimed that as many as 150 people could have died in the airstrike, adding that on the tenth day after the bombing, he was in the hospital's ruins and saw 12 charred bodies, which could not be identified.

    "Of course, things are very difficult for our family right now. The only thing left is to support each other and somehow live on. There is a sharp pain in the heart of each of us even today," Bajaouri told Sputnik Dari.

     

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