Jalalabad: An air strike by
foreign forces overnight killed four Afghan policemen, a
governor in the country`s troubled east said on Monday, although
the NATO-led coalition denied they were police.
The incident happened at a post in rugged and
insurgency-hit Nuristan, the province`s governor Jamaluddin
A spokesman for the International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) said it believed a total of three men had been
been killed in a group that were not police but who had
obtained police uniforms.
He added that one of the men was wearing women`s
clothes and they had connections to insurgents.
Badr said that the incident took place in the early
"NATO coalition helicopters bombed our police post.
Four policemen were killed, two were injured and the remaining
12 police were detained and taken to Bagram," the governor
said, referring to the giant international military base near
"I don`t know who provided them with the wrong
intelligence," he added, saying the officers wore police
uniforms and an Afghan flag was flying at the post when they
In response, an ISAF spokesman said: "We don`t think
they were any sort of police... none of them had any sort of
He added that their mobile phones indicated they had
been in contact with Taliban fighters.
Three were killed and 10 were captured, the spokesman
Infiltration of the Afghan police and army by the
Taliban is a major problem which has been linked to a string
of major attacks in recent months.
Friendly fire deaths are also relatively frequent in
Afghanistan, where foreign and Afghan forces are battling a
10-year insurgency led by the Taliban.