NATO friendly fire kills up to 10 Afghans: Police

Up to 10 Afghan guards were killed on Tuesday in a NATO air strike along a highway in southern Afghanistan, police said, in the latest friendly fire incident involving the alliance`s forces.

Last Updated: May 03, 2011, 15:48 PM IST

Ghazni(Afghanistan): Up to 10 Afghan
guards were killed on Tuesday in a NATO air strike along a highway
in southern Afghanistan, police said, in the latest friendly
fire incident involving the alliance`s forces.

The armed guards were escorting a supply convoy to
NATO bases in southern Afghanistan when they were hit in the
province of Ghazni, Mohammad Hussain Yaqoubi, the deputy
provincial police chief told agency.
"Maybe mistaking them with insurgents NATO helicopters
targeted the guards. Between eight to 10 guards have been
killed," he added. An investigation was underway, the police
chief said.

NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
in Afghanistan said it was informed of the incident by Afghan
authorities but a spokesman said it had no further details.

"We`re investigating this," an ISAF spokesman said.

The Afghan intelligence agency`s spokesman in Kabul,
Lutfullah Mashal, told AFP: "We`re aware of the incident but
we have no details at this time to release.

"We`re investigating to determine as to what exactly
happened and what caused the air strike."

There are about 130,000 international forces deployed
in Afghanistan under the leadership of the United States to
defeat a Taliban-led insurgency fighting since the US-led
invasion of the troubled nation in 2001.

Yesterday the US announced it had killed Osama bin
Laden in a covert operation in Pakistan, nearly ten years
after the superpower invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the
9/11 attacks claimed by the Al-Qaeda chief.
PTI