News ID: 219519
Published: 0255 GMT August 07, 2018

At least nine Afghan police killed in US airstrike

At least nine Afghan police killed in US airstrike

At least nine Afghan police officers were killed in a US airstrike during heavy fighting with the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said nine police were killed and 14 wounded in the aerial bombardment in Azra district of Logar Province, AFP reported.

NATO’s mission said it is investigating the reports.

During the hours-long battle with insurgents overnight, police "called in air support but unfortunately foreign forces mistakenly bombed their positions", Rahimi said.

The Taliban also suffered heavy losses, he added.

Provincial council chief Hamidullah Hamid told AFP "foreign forces" had mistakenly bombed two police checkpoints and killed "about 15 police".

Resolute Support, NATO's mission in Afghanistan, confirmed US forces had conducted an airstrike "in defense of Afghan forces" in Azra district but did not mention casualties.

"We are looking into the matter further," spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell told AFP.

The US is the only international force known to be carrying out airstrikes in Afghanistan. The Afghan air force also carries out some attacks.

There are about 14,000 US ground troops in Afghanistan, making up the bulk of NATO's mission to support and train local forces.

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