6 Afghan Police Killed in Mistaken US Strike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

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