'Tragic accident': US air attack kills 8 policemen in Afghanistan

 aljazeera.com  05/17/2019 16:16:00 

An air attack has killed at least eight policemen by mistake during a battle with the Taliban outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the United States military and Afghan officials said.

Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan, said Afghan security forces had called for US air support during a firefight late Thursday in Lashkar Gah, in southern province of Helmand.

The two parties had supposedly "deconflicted" their forces -- a military term for making sure neither side had troops in the attack zone.

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

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