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NATO airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers

Bishkek (AKIpress) - airstrike NATO airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday's morning, South China Morning Post cited the coalition and Afghan Defense Ministry officials said.

The strike occurred in the province’s Chakh district, according to the Afghan spokesman, General Zahir Azimi, who said eight Afghan National Army troops were also wounded in the incident.

A spokeswoman for the international forces in Afghanistan, Major Cathleen Snow, said that five Afghan soldiers were accidentally killed in an operation in the country’s east. She did not specify whether aircraft were involved and whether the deaths were the result of an airstrike.

“An investigation is being conducted at this time to determine the circumstances that led to this unfortunate incident. Our condolences go out to the families of the ANA soldiers who lost their lives and were wounded,” Snow added.

Earlier, a provincial government official said that 17 soldiers were wounded in the airstrike.


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