An airstrike accidentally killed at least eight police officers in a battle with the Taliban off provincial capital Lashkar Gah in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, US military and Afghan officials said. Afghanistan spokesman Afghanistan said the Afghan security forces had been in Lashkar Gah during a firefight on late Thursday in Lashkar. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en Helmand Southern Province Requested US Air Force Assistance Ensure that neither side had troops in the attack zone.
The Afghan forces "confirmed that the areas were free of friendly forces," said Butler.
"Unfortunately, this was not the case and there was a tragic accident in which Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters were killed in the strikes." he said.
At least eight policemen were killed in the Nahr-e-Seraj attack on the Helmand-Kandahar highway said provincial governor Omar Zwak. He said a dozen other police had been injured. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the death toll on Facebook and said eleven policemen had been injured.
Attaullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said the attack took place on Thursday when Afghan police were fighting near the city against the Taliban.