NATO kills 4 in E. Afghanistan; victims' identity unclear

September 23, 2007 07:53

NATO helicopters, responding to a rocket attack at an Afghan army base, fired on a group of suspected insurgents, killing four and wounding 12 others in what may have been a case of mistaken identity, the alliance said Sunday. The Afghan government and NATO were still trying to determine the "official status" of the casualties, with initial reports indicating they were Afghan police and road construction security guards "dressed in civilian attire and carrying weapons on an uncoordinated patrol," NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. "The 12 wounded are civilians, we know that for sure," Afghan army commander Gen. Qadam Shah said. Shah said it was not clear from preliminary reports if those killed were insurgents or civilians.

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