Aerial attack kills 17 policemen in southern Afghanistan: officials

KABUL: Afghan Authorities Say An Aerial Attack Killed 17 Policemen By Error During A Battle With The Taliban In The Outskirts Of The Provincial Capital Of The South Of The Country Helmand Province.

Attaullah Afghan, Chief Of The Provincial Council, Says The Aerial Attack Took Place On Thursday When The Afghan Police Were Fighting The Taliban Near The City. He Also Says That 14 Police Officers Were Wounded In The Strike.

It Was Not Immediately Clear Who Performed The Air Attack, The Afghan Or American Forces. There Was No Immediate Response To A Consultation To The American Army In Kabul. The US Forces Regularly Support Afghan Troops When Requested.

Helmand ' S Governor, Mohammad Yasin, Says The Airstrike Is Being Investigated. A Taliban Statement Claimed US Forces Were Behind It.