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Karzai 'Angered' By Reported Deaths From Friendly Fire


Afghan President Hamid Karzai (file photo) (epa) August 18, 2006 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is "shocked and angered" by an air strike by U.S.-led forces that Afghan officials say killed at least 10 border policemen.

The incident occurred in Paktika Province, near the Pakistan border, on August 17.

In a statement, Karzai says he has repeatedly asked coalition forces to take maximum caution while carrying out operations, and said such incidents must not be repeated.

Peshawar-based Afghan Islamic Press meanwhile quotes Paktika's governor, Mohammad Akram Khpelwak, as saying that 12 border policemen were killed and two others wounded in the midday incident.

The U.S. military said it was investigating the reports. But in a statement, it said it believed the air strike hit two vehicles occupied by insurgents involved in an earlier attack on U.S. and Afghan troops.

(Reuters, AFP, AP)
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A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)

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