NATO strike kills 4 Afghan soldiers: Official

A NATO air strike has killed four Afghan soldiers who the coalition said were mistaken for militants in the country`s south.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 15:50 PM IST

Kabul: A NATO air strike has killed four
Afghan soldiers who the coalition said were mistaken for
militants in the country`s south, a spokesman for the Afghan
Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

The soldiers had left their base in Helmand`s Musa
Qala district last night when they came under fire from NATO
planes, said Gen Mohammad Zahir Azimi.

NATO told the Afghan government that the coalition
thought the men were militants, he said.

A spokesman for NATO forces, Capt Ciro Parisi of the
Italian army, said a team has been sent to investigate the
incident. He would not confirm any of the details of Azimi`s
account, citing the ongoing investigation.

There have been other incidents this year in which
NATO troops mistakenly killed Afghan forces.

In August, three Afghan policemen were killed in
northern Jowzjan province in an airstrike aimed at insurgents
who were attacking them. In July, In July, a botched NATO
airstrike killed six Afghan soldiers in Ghazni province in the
east.

The coalition said the Afghan army unit gave the wrong
location to international forces.

PTI