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'Erroneous' air raid kills 10 Afghan soldiers in Helmand

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 1, 2017 04:51PM

Ten members of Afghanistan's security forces have been killed in an airstrike during an offensive against the Taliban militants in the southern province of Helmand.

Helmand's governor Hayatullah Hayat said the air raid was conducted in Gereshk district, where the military had been attempting to push back the militants.

"The airstrike happened as Afghan forces were pushing to break through the Taliban front line in the strategic area that has been the scene of heavy fighting over the past several days," Hayat said, adding that nine police were injured in the "erroneous" airstrike.

The latest deadly incident comes more than two months after a US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police in the same district, large parts of which are under the Taliban control.

The Taliban militants have warned that they will be stepping up their attacks until foreign forces fully withdraw from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The invasion removed the Taliban from power, but militancy continues to this day.

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