KABUL: The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the brutal attack on its maternity wing on 12 May, in which 16 mothers were systematically shot dead.
In a statement issued on Monday, the MSF said one of its midwife, two children aged 7 and 8, and six other people present at the time of the attack were also killed.
The MSF said that its decision came with the understanding that while no information had emerged about the perpetrators or motive of the assault, mothers, babies and health staff were the deliberate targets of the attack, and that similar attacks might occur in the future.
“A month after the horrifying event, we know very little; the attack remains unclaimed. Afghan authorities blamed the Taliban – or Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – who refuted and condemned the accusation, while representatives of foreign governments publicly pointed their finger at radical groups as perpetrators, namely Islamic State Khorasan province,” the statement concluded.