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NATO airstrike accidentally kills 5 Afghan troops; three US servicemembers killed by roadside bomb

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says it may have been "a coordination issue," and it's expressing regret over the deaths of five Afghan soldiers in a botched NATO airstrike.

The Afghan Defense Ministry says the Afghan troops were launching a pre-dawn ambush against insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, when the aircraft opened fire. A ministry spokesman notes that it's not the first such "friendly fire incident," but adds "we wish that at least it this would be the last one.

NATO spokesman Josef Blotz says: "We were obviously not absolutely clear whether there were Afghan national security forces in the area." He says a joint investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, NATO says a roadside bomb killed three American troops in southern Afghanistan yesterday.


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