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US airstrikes kill 8 policemen in southern province: Afghan official

AP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 19, 2016, 4:16 pm IST
Updated Sep 19, 2016, 4:16 pm IST
The first airstrike killed one policeman at a checkpoint outside the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, while the second, which struck the same area, killed seven others. (Photo: Representational Image)
 The first airstrike killed one policeman at a checkpoint outside the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, while the second, which struck the same area, killed seven others. (Photo: Representational Image)

Kabul: An Afghan official says at least eight Afghan police officers have been killed in two US airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province in what was apparently a friendly-fire incident.

Rahimullah Khan, a provincial operational commander, says the first airstrike killed one policeman at a checkpoint outside the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, while the second, which struck the same area, killed seven others.

Khan says the airstrikes took place on Sunday afternoon around Tirin Kot. The Taliban have been advancing on the city in recent weeks.

A US military spokesman confirmed that US forces carried out an airstrike, saying they sought to assist Afghan troops who were fired on by the Taliban.

Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland says he doesn't "have any further information" on who the casualties may have been.

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Location: Afghanistan, Kabol, Kabul




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