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5 Special Force troops dead in Farah airstrike

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5 Special Force troops dead in Farah airstrike

Oct 01, 2016 - 13:19

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Five Afghan Special Force personnel have been killed and three wounded in an  airstrike carried out by Afghan security forces in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province, an official said on Saturday.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the ministry of defence, confirmed the incident and said the strike was carried out by an Afghan pilot mistakenly.

Syed Mohammad, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident occurred in the Kansak locality late on Friday.

He said the fighter jets  conducted air raids on militants positions in the area where they accidently hit members of Special Force Unit . One personnel from quick response force was also injured in the air raid.

 He said 19 militants have been killed and 15 others wounded in the ongoing offensive in the area.But Abdul Basir, the resident of locality, claimed seven Special Forces have been killed in the attack.

US Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Charlie Cleveland rejected the airstrikes and said they did not carried out air raids in Farah province over the past seven days.

“I can confirm that there were no U.S. airstrikes in Farah province in the last seven days,” he said.

Earlier, US forces have killed at least 15 civilians in a drone attack. US forces have launched investigation into the incident, but UN said the dead were civilians.



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