Pentagon offers condolences as 12 Afghan police officers killed in US airstrike

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The Pentagon has offered their condolences after a US airstrike killed 12 Afghan police officers who were fighting the Taliban.

Helmand provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi said on Saturday that the death toll in Friday’s airstrike was determined after a site inspection of the compound in Gereshk District.

Two officers were also injured in the strike.

The Pentagon confirmed the airstrike on the Security Forces compound happened during a US-supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the area, and offered its condolences to the families of the security forces who were killed.

While much of Helmand province is under the control of Taliban, Afghan national security forces have been waging fierce battles to retake territory.

Nato and US troops are in Helmand to assist Afghan troops. 

Mr Safi told The Associated Press news agency that the dead were police officers who were operating with the army in the area.

He said they had recaptured the post from the Taliban when the airstrike occurred.

The Helmand governor, Hayatullah Hayat, said it was believed the police officers were not in uniform, which may have resulted in mistakenly identifying them as Taliban fighters.


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