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5 Afghan soldiers killed, 10 injured in US airstrike

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5 Afghan soldiers killed, 10 injured in US airstrike

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Mar 13, 2019 - 13:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): At least five security personnel have been killed and 10 others wounded as a result of a US strike in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Wednesday.

A security source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the American forces struck a security base in the Karezinfo-icon area of Tirinkot, the provincial capital, on Tuesday night.

He said a number of Afghan security forces suffered casualties in the raid. However, he did not offer exact casualty figures.

Abdul Karim Karimi, deputy chairman of the provincial council, said policemen and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were stationed at the base.

He informed five ANA personnel were killed and 10 others wounded in the overnight strike. A source in Tirinkot Civil Hospital confirmed receiving three injured soldiers -- one of them in critical condition.

Qais Mangal, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), confirmed the incident but said policemen, not ANA soldiers, had suffered casualties.

US Force Afghanistaninfo-icon says,the U.S. conducted precision self-defense air strikes on people firing on Afghan and American forces conducting a ground movement near an ANA check point in Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province on Wednesday, March 13.

The strikes were conducted after Afghan and U.S. forces  came under effective small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire and requested air support in self-defense. Afghan and U.S. forces attempted to de-escalate the situation but they continued to be fired upon. We are operating in a complex environmentinfo-icon where enemy fighters do not wear uniforms and use stolen military vehicles to attack government forces. The force spokesman told Pajhwok.

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