Nato airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers: Afghan officials
Published on Mar 6, 2014 2:18 PM
PULI ALAM, Afghanistan (AFP) - A Nato airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers, government officials said, while the coalition said it was investigating reports of the incident.
The deaths are likely to worsen already fraught relations between the United States-led Nato coalition and President Hamid Karzai, who has often seized on botched airstrikes to launch bitter criticism of the international military effort in Afghanistan.
"At 3.30am this morning, due to a Nato airstrike in Charkh district, Logar province, five service members of the Afghan national army were martyred and eight others were wounded," Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said on his Twitter account.
Mr Khalilullah Kamal, the Charkh district governor, told AFP he had visited the site of the attack, which he said was from a US drone.
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