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March 18 2007

Soldiers of the American contingent in Afghanistan shot and killed five police officers, mistaking them for militants.

The incident occurred in Helmand province in the south. The reason why the soldiers opened fire, is unknown. According to the police chief Isau Khan, five policemen were killed and six more missing.

Interior Ministry has demanded the U.S. to "full explanation". The command of U.S. troops has not yet commented on the incident, reports AP.

It should be noted that in Afghanistan, people often died as a result of "friendly fire" of American troops. For example, in October 2005 a similar incident occurred in the same province of Helmand: while trying to stop a car with the police, the military killed four people and wounded another.

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