At least 17 Afghan soldiers killed in US airstrike in Southern Afghanistan

# 17:37
17 May 2019

At least 17 Afghan soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in US airstrike in Nahr-e-Saraj district of the southern Afghan province of Helmand, head of the provincial council, Ataullah Afghan, ONA reports citing Sputnik International.

The airstrike took place while Afghan forces were engaged in fighting with Taliban militants in Nahr-e-Saraj district of the city, the official said.

The US forces have not commented on the issue so far. At the same time, Helmand's Governor Mohammad Yasin said the airstrike is being investigated.

Taliban spokesman claims that over 35 policemen were killed in both Taliban attack and US forces airstrike.

According to the recent reports, the Afghan military had to pull back from the far-flung outposts due to the ongoing Taliban offensive in order to avoid attacks on the troops.