8 policemen dead in US airstrikes on Tirinkot checkpoint
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Eight Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel have been killed in US airstrikes on their checkpoint in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Monday.
The checkpoint in the Saki area of Tirinkot, the provincial capital on the Uruzgan-Kandahar road was bombed last evening, Highway Commander Haji Rahimullah told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“One policeman was killed in the first raid on the checkpoint and seven others were martyred in a second airstrike,” he said, vehemently denouncing the latest flawed bombardment.
He added the Taliban had raised their white flags in nearby areas, but their positions were not pounded by the Americans.
In Kabul, US military spokesman Gen. Charles Cleveland said the raid was conducted after a group of militants attacked Afghan security personnel in Tirinkot.
“We don’t know who the gunmen firing at Afghan forces were. But Afghan and US forces reserve the right to retaliate in self-defence,” Gen. Cleveland said.
Meanwhile, the Taliban also said a number of policemen had been killed in American raids in Tirinkot.
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