16 Afghan police killed and two others wounded in US strike

Vastavam web:  A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said today.The incident took place yesterday around 5 pm as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements, Salam Afghan, Helmand police spokesman, told AFP.”In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded,” he said.”During a US-supported (Afghan security) operation, aerial fires resulted in the deaths of the friendly Afghan forces who were gathered in a compound,” it said.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate incident,” the statement said, adding there would be a probe into what happened.The US is the only foreign force in the coalition conducting airstrikes in Afghanistan.”The toll we have received is that unfortunately as a result of the strike, we have 12 police forces martyred and no one wounded,” Danish told AFP.He said a ministry delegation had been sent to the area to investigate the incident and help families of the victims.In February, a US airstrike in Sangin killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children.Last November 32 Afghan civilians were killed in a US airstrike in the northeastern province of Kunduz.