Air raid accidentally kills soldiers

July 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 7 (UPI) -- A NATO air raid Wednesday accidentally killed five Afghan soldiers in southwest Ghazani province, Afghan officials said.

A provincial police official told Xinhua news agency a group of soldiers tried to ambush Taliban insurgents in the Andar district of Ghazni province when a NATO plane mistakenly dropped a bomb, killing the soldiers.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi condemned the incident and a NATO spokesman said an investigation was under way, Xinhua reported.

"The gruesome incident occurred at 4 a.m., local time, when the aircraft carried out raids, as a result five Afghan soldiers were martyred and two others sustained injuries. Defense Ministry strongly condemns it," Xinhua quoted Azimi as telling reporters.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Topics: Zahir Azimi
Trending Stories