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US forces kill 17 Afghan police officers by mistake

IANS  |  Kabul 

At least 17 officers were killed and 14 others injured after the mistakenly targeted its allies, an said on Friday.

The involuntary massacre occurred overnight during clashes between Afghan security forces and insurgents in province's district, Attaullah Afghan, of Provincial Council, told news agency.

After the attacked a security check-post on the highway, police rushed to push the militants back and the US forces carried out the strikes to support the officers but erroneously targeted the allies, he said.

Omar Zwak, the for the of Helmand, confirmed the incident and said it was being investigated.

A for the Taliban, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, confirmed to news agency that US forces "carried out strikes on their own hirelings, killing 35 police, including their four commanders".

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 18:52 IST
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