Afghan official: NATO mistakenly strikes 4 Afghan soldiers

December 16, 2010 10:08

KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike has killed four Afghan soldiers who the coalition said were mistaken for militants in the country's south, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The soldiers had left their base in Helmand's Musa Qala district on Wednesday night when they came under fire from NATO planes, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi. NATO told the Afghan government that the coalition thought the men were militants, he said.A spokesman for NATO forces, Capt. Ciro Parisi of the Italian army, said a team has been sent to investigate the incident. He would not confirm any of the details of Azimi's account, citing the ongoing investigation.

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