Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) A case of mistaken identity has left six Afghan police dead and at least 13 wounded in a clash with U.S. Special Forces.
Officials say the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.
A U.S. Military statement says the police fired on the U.S. Forces after the troops battled and killed an armed militant in a southern province. The Americans returned fire but only later learned who they had been shooting at.
A U.S. Military spokesman says the coalition deeply regrets the incident.
The province's Deputy Governor says the police opened fire thinking the U.S. Operation was a Taliban attack.
U.S. Officials quietly admit that they are hesitant to share detailed plans of raids for fear that government officials connected to the Taliban could tip off the militants.