At Least Nine Afghan Policemen Killed In Air Strike

Afghanistan: Air attack kills 8 policemen 'by mistake'

Afghanistan: Air attack kills 8 policemen 'by mistake'

Meanwhile, Attaullah Afghan, head of Helmand Provincial Council, said that at least 17 policemen were killed in the airstrike which was carried by the Coalition Forces "by mistake".

Omar Zwak, a spokesperson for Helmand's governor, said at least eight policemen were killed in the strike conducted by US forces on Thursday night.

An American military spokesperson called the deaths a "tragic accident" that occurred after Afghan security forces requested US air support for an operation against the Taliban.

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission stated that by October 2018 that only 53.8% of Afghan districts were controlled by the central government in Kabul. Afghanistan's beleaguered security forces come under near daily attacks by Taliban insurgents even as the U.S. is trying to broker a peace deal to end almost 18 years of war.

The Afghan forces "confirmed the areas were clear of friendly forces", Butler said.

"Unfortunately, they were not and a tragic accident resulted", the statement read.

US officials are "examining the miscommunication to ensure it is not repeated", Butler said.

Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the Governor of Helmand, confirmed the incident and said it was being investigated.

He said both Afghan security forces and Taliban were killed in the strike. They said the incident, which took place during a ground battle along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, was under investigation. -Afghan base in Helmand before they were repelled.

Stepped up insurgent attacks across the country during the past week have reportedly killed around 90 pro-government forces and dozens of Afghan civilians.

Fighting in Helmand has claimed the lives of more American, British and Afghan soldiers than any other province in Afghanistan during the 18-year war.