NATO’s ‘friendly’ air strike leaves at least 17 cops dead in Afghanistan’s Helmand province
According to Provincial Council Chief Attaullah Afghan, the incident occurred during a battle with the Taliban just outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah where another 14 policemen were wounded in the attack.
A spokesperson for the provincial governor said that the strike was carried out by NATO Resolute Support mission force in the Nahr-e-Seraj area of the Helmand-Kandahar highway.
Helmand's Governor Mohammad Yasin said that the authorities have launched an investigation into the ‘friendly air raid’. Meanwhile, a statement from the Taliban has also claimed to hold US forces responsible for the air raid.
However, the US military based in Kabul gave no immediate response to the query.
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