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4 Afghan troops killed by possible friendly fire

 British soldiers take rest during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. A fierce gun battle broke out between s...
 Afghan National Army soldiers stand in front a building damaged during a fierce gun battle in Helmand province, Afghanistan,  Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. ...
 An injured Afghan National Army soldier is helped by his colleagues to safety during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday, ...
 An injured Afghan National Security force member lies on the ground as his colleagues tend to him during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afgh...

Afghanistan

British soldiers take rest during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. A fierce gun battle broke out between s...

Afghanistan

Afghan National Army soldiers stand in front a building damaged during a fierce gun battle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. ...

Afghanistan

An injured Afghan National Army soldier is helped by his colleagues to safety during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday, ...

Afghanistan

An injured Afghan National Security force member lies on the ground as his colleagues tend to him during a fierce gunbattle in Helmand province, Afgh...

NATO troops clashed with Afghan soldiers and called in air support Saturday in fighting that left as many as four Afghan troops dead, officials said.
A NATO official said a gunbattle broke out when a joint force came under fire in the Wardak province, south of the capital Kabul, in what may have been a friendly fire incident.
Wardak provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said NATO and Afghan soldiers began fighting each other at about 3:30 a.m. after a "misunderstanding" following an operation in the Sayed Abad district.
Shahid said four Afghan soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
The NATO official said only two Afghan soldiers were killed, but it was not immediately clear who fired on them.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to release the information ahead of an official announcement, said an investigation was under way.
The conflicting casualty tolls could not immediately be reconciled. The Afghan Defense Ministry also said it was investigating.
The confusion reflects the difficulty facing foreign troops as they increasingly partner with Afghan forces with a heightened emphasis on training and an influx of 37,000 more U.S. and allied troops.
NATO forces also killed two civilians after opening fire on a taxi as it sped toward a patrol and ignored warnings to stop Friday in the Gelan district of Ghazni province, the international force said.
Elsewhere, joint NATO-Afghan forces came under attack in the northwestern province of Badghis at about 1 a.m. Saturday, prompting a gunbattle and an airstrike that killed eight militants, including a group leader, deputy provincial police chief Abdul Jabar Khan said.
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Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-08 01:41 GMT+08:00