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5 Nato soldiers killed by 'friendly fire': Afghan officials

Published on Jun 10, 2014 4:39 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Nato on Tuesday launched an investigation into the deaths of five soldiers in southern Afghanistan as local officials blamed a "friendly fire" error by a coalition air strike.

The deaths in the restive province of Zabul were the worst single incident for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) since five British soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash on April 26.

The most recent major "friendly fire" incident was in March when five Afghan soldiers were killed in an air strike in the eastern province of Logar, provoking fury from the Afghan government.

"I can confirm that five foreign troops were killed as a result of their own bombardment in Arghandab district," Mr Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewani, police chief of Zabul province, told AFP after Monday's deaths.

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