Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack in Badakhshan

23 July, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • World       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

The US air strikes are part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to support Afghan forces against the Taliban.

"Afghan security forces had coordinated an airstrike with the foreign forces, but some Afghan National Police officers arrived at the area before the strike", said Omar Zwaak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand, suggesting a communications failure.

More than a dozen Afghanistan police officers were killed during an airstrike in the Helmand province on Friday.

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The friendly fire incident, now under investigation, happened during a US-supported Afghan National Defense and Security Forces operation that aimed to go after militants in Gereshk district, US Forces-Afghanistan said.

On Monday, the US support was instrumental in helping the Afghans retake the key district of Nawa, just south of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, which the Taliban had held for nine months. "Two other policemen were wounded", he said.

However, the U.S. military did not provide the number of casualties.

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A USA airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, the latest setback to Washington's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

"Before this, a number of close relatives and family members of previous supreme leaders had conducted suicide bombings but Sheikh Haibatullah has become the first supreme leader whose son sacrificed his life", the senior Taliban member said.

In a separate development, there are reports of numerous casualties after the Taliban ambushed an Afghan police patrol in the north-eastern Badakhshan province. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to drive the terror group out of the country by the end of 2017.

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On Thursday, fighters attacked security perimeters set up around Gereshk, blowing up three captured Humvees packed with explosives.

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