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NATO raid kills 17 counter-narcotics policemen in Helmand

NATO raid kills 17 counter-narcotics policemen in Helmand

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Sep 07, 2015 - 14:16

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seventeen Afghan counter-narcotics policemen were killed as a result of an airstrike by NATO-led forces in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Monday.

The raid took place on Sunday night, killing several policemen of the counter-narcotics force in Reg area, the provincial police chief, Major Gen. Nabi Jan Mullahkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.

An investigation team had been dispatched to the scene, he said, without giving exact casualty figures.

Omer Zwak, the gubernatorial spokesman, confirmed the incident, saying the counter-narcotics police were conducting an operation in the area when the foreign troops bombed them.

A security official in the district, who wanted not to be named, said a total 35 security personnel took part in the operation. He claimed 31 of them were killed and four others taken away by foreign forces.

However, a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, said they had conducted kinetic strikes in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province September 6 to eliminate threats to the force.

Any question regarding the Afghan counter-narcotics force casualties be put to the Ministry of Interior (MOI), the spokesman remarked.

Seventeen security personnel were killed in Sunday night’s assault by NATO troops in the Garmser district of Helmand, said the spokesman for the counter-narcotics department, Syed Mehdi Kazmi.

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