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9 Afghan Police Killed by Coalition Airstrikes

By VOA News
20 July 2008

Afghan officials say nine local policemen were killed by international airstrikes launched after the police mistook the foreign troops for Taliban militants.

The deputy governor of Farah province says the two sides clashed Sunday in the Anar Derah district of Farah.

Few other details were given.

Both NATO and U.S. coalition officials say they are investigating the incident.

In other news, NATO-led troops say they accidentally killed four Afghan civilians in the east of the country.

The International Security Assistance Force says it also is investigating whether three other civilians were killed in Paktika province Saturday when two mortar rounds fired by the foreign troops landed one kilometer short of their target.

Four civilians were wounded.

ISAF says it deeply regrets the accident.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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