Afghan soldier kills three British troops

An Afghan soldier killed three British troops during a joint patrol in southern Helmand province, a provincial security source said.

Afghan soldier kills three British troops

 

An Afghan soldier killed three British troops during a joint patrol on Tuesday in southern Helmand province, a provincial security source told Reuters.

Two more British soldiers were wounded in the attack which happened near Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand, where some 9,000 British troops are based as part of the NATO-led force, according to Reuters.

NATO said in a statement that three of its soldiers were killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan, but gave no further details.

A police official in Helmand, where the Britain has about 10,000 troops, said the Afghan soldier had escaped after Tuesday's attack.

"A joint ISAF and Afghan ministry of defence team is investigating the incident due to allegations the ISAF service members were fired upon by an Afghan national army soldier," it said, referring to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

A military official in Kabul, who refused to be named, said that the soldiers were British and had died in a "friendly fire" incident.

The Afghan presidency called for a thorough investigation and expressed regret at a news conference, but was unable to confirm any details of the incident.

The United States and NATO have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan following U.S. military invasion in Asian country, with the number due to rise to 150,000 in coming weeks.

 

Agencies
 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2010, 15:06
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