Six Afghan policemen killed in US air raid

December 10th, 2008 - 4:02 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanKabul, Dec 10 (Xinhua) An air strike by US-led coalition troops Wednesday in the southern Afghan province of Zabul killed six policemen and one civilian, the provincial police said. The attack was carried out at 3.00 a.m. (2230 GMT) when the coalition gunships attacked one police station in Qalat city killing at least six policemen and injuring 11, deputy chief of police Jailani Khan said.

“One civilian was also killed when the bombs hit his house near the police station,” the police official said.

Meanwhile, a statement released by US military said troops have mistaken the police station for a Taliban hide out as Afghan police fired on them after the troops battled and killed an armed militant nearby.

The incident resulted from a “tragic case of mistaken identity on both sides”, the statement said.

Spiralling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have claimed more than 5,000 lives, some 2,000 of them civilians, till date this year.

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