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9 Afghan police killed in airstrikes

An official says foreign troops called in airstrikes during an apparently mistaken clash with Afghan police, killing nine police officers and wounding five others.

world Updated: Jul 20, 2008 12:17 IST

An official says foreign troops called in airstrikes during an apparently mistaken clash with Afghan police, killing nine police officers and wounding five others in the country's west.

The deputy governor of Farah province Younus Rasuli says a convoy of foreign forces showed up at Anar Derah district near the Iranian border.

He says the foreign troops did not inform local Afghan officials they were coming, and the police thought they were enemy fighters.

Rasuli says the two sides fought from about midnight till 4 am on Sunday, and foreign forces called in airstrikes.