Eight Afghan policemen “killed in U.S. air raid”

Sep 19, 2016, 6:24 AM EDT
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)
(Source: The U.S. Army/flickr)

Afghan officials said that a U.S. airstrike killed eight Afghan policemen outside the embattled provincial capital of Uruzgan province on Monday. The U.S. military command in Kabul admitted that American warplanes carried out the air raid, saying that the offensive was in response to threat from “individuals, firing on” Afghan security forces.

Rahimullah Khan, commander of the reserve police unit in Uruzgan, said that two airstrikes were conducted by the U.S. warplanes, writes RT News. The first strike killed one policeman while the second one caused major damage, killing seven personnel who responded to the site of attack.

Afghan officials said that they were coordinating with the U.S.-led coalition and have launched an investigation into the attack. U.S. military spokesman Brigadier General Charles Cleveland said in a statement that the U.S. air force didn’t know about the identity or the motivation of the attackers, adding that the airstrike was conducted in self-defense against an immediate threat, reports Reuters.

Mistakenly hitting Afghan forces or civilians has been a cause of friction between the U.S. and Afghanistan, notes Voice Of America. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had earlier criticized mobilization of U.S. forces in the country, saying that the move further eroded Afghan sovereignty.