U.S. to make payments to families of Kunduz air strike victims: Pentagon

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Posted: Oct 10, 2015 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Saturday the U.S. Department of Defense would seek to make "condolence payments" to families of victims of a U.S. air strike that mistakenly targeted a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 people.

"The Department of Defense believes it is important to address the consequences of the tragic incident at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan," said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook in a statement, adding the United States would also pay to repair the charity hospital.

"U.S. Forces-Afghanistan has the authority to make condolence payments and payments toward repair of the hospital. USFOR-A will work with those affected to determine appropriate payments. If necessary and appropriate, the administration will seek additional authority from the Congress," he said.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler Editing by W Simon)