US says airstrike killed members of Afghan security forces

US says airstrike killed members of Afghan security forces

On Thursday morning, militants hit barriers at the security ring in the Girishk district with two explosive-laden armored vehicles, while the third was hit by security forces before it could reach its target.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri says during the fighting a security outpost was hit by missiles fired by a US drone late Friday afternoon.

"During a US-supported (Afghan security) operation, aerial fires resulted in the deaths of the friendly Afghan forces who were gathered in a compound", NATO's mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. Taliban have in the past exaggerated their successes and the remoteness of the area makes it near impossible to independently verify.

The bombing occurred Friday afternoon in the district of Gereshk, about 150 km west of Kandahar, an area of southern Afghanistan largely controlled by the taliban.

An errant US air strike, confirmed by the Pentagon, killed 16 Afghan National Police personnel and injured two others in Helmand Province, officials said on July 22.

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A government official said security authorities were investigating the incident and could not confirm that Mullah Haibatullah's son had been killed.

Fighting in the Helmand region has intensified in recent weeks.

However, the U.S. military did not provide the number of casualties. A local government source, not authorised to speak to the media, said eight policemen had been killed.

In the northeastern Badakhshan province, the Taliban killed at least 32 members of the local police and government-aligned uprising groups in a push to capture Tagaq district.

Another U.S. airstrike in October 2015 destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan and left 42 people dead.