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NATO troops mistakenly kill 4 Afghan policemen

(Xinhua)

08:25, August 11, 2011

KABUL, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Four Afghan policemen were killed Tuesday night when NATO-led forces erroneously opened fire on their checkpoint in southern Kandahar province, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

"Tuesday night at around 09:30 p.m. local time, a unit of NATO- led coalition forces erroneously attacked a police checkpoint as a result four policemen were martyred and two more injured," the statement added.

The statement also added that the two injured policemen and their weapons were taken by coalition forces.

"An investigation team has been sent to the area to find the fact behind the incident and more details will be released after the completion of investigation," it further said.

It is not the first time that mistaken firing by NATO-led troops claims the life of Afghan security forces.

Similar incident in eastern Nuristan province early this month, according to Nuristan provincial governor Jamaludin Badar, left four policemen dead and injured two others.


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