US Troops Kill Seven Afghan Police

Police fired on GIs on night mission; mistook them for Taliban
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2007 10:55 AM CDT
The shell casings allegedly used by U.S. forces in a shooting against the Afghan police are shown by an Afghan man at the site were Afghan police men were mistaken killed by U.S. forces in Khogyani district...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – U.S. troops mistakenly killed seven Afghan police during a nighttime mission yesterday. The police originally fired on the Americans, thinking they were Taliban fighters; in response, the soldiers opened fire and called in attack aircraft. A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai called the shooting "a tragic incident" sparked by miscommunication.

An investigation into the accident has been opened. Also yesterday, an 8-hour battle in southern Afghanistan ended with the killing of 24 Taliban fighters. The AP reports that over 2,300 people have died in insurgency-related violence this year.