4 Killed as Special-Forces Troops Raid Afghan Hospital

Four people were killed during a special-forces raid at a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday night, according to government and army officials.

An Afghan special forces source told NBC News that fighters opened fire on troops during a raid targeting a Taliban commander who was receiving treatment at the clinic in the Day Mirdad district of Wardak province. The target was later arrested.

The Swedish Committee of Afghanistan — the non-governmental aid group which runs the medical center — said special forces troops searched the facility and arrested two injured patients as well as a caretaker for the patients, and took them out and shot them." The group said it was aware of a fourth death nearby.

The Swedish Committee declined to say whether those killed in the operation were Taliban fighters and condemned the raid in the "strongest terms".

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