Afghans Report Firefight Involving US Troops

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew assigned to Task Force Warhawk, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division flies near Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2017. (U.S. Army photo/Brian Harris)
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew assigned to Task Force Warhawk, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division flies near Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2017. (U.S. Army photo/Brian Harris)

KABUL, Afghanistan —  Afghan officials are reporting that there has been a friendly fire incident in southern Uruzgan province involving U.S. and Afghan forces and leading to the death of five Afghan troops.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Qais Mangal confirmed on Wednesday that there has been an incident involving a firefight in Uruzgan, but couldn't provide any more details.

He says the Afghans have "a report of a misunderstanding between the U.S. and Afghan forces" but that exact details of what happened are as yet unknown.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Karim Karimi, deputy head of the provincial council, says U.S. forces mistakenly carried out an airstrike at an Afghan base near Tarin Kot, the provincial capital in Uruzgan, followed by a firefight that left the five Afghans dead. He says 10 Afghan troops were wounded.

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