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Misunderstanding leaves 9 dead in Afghan airstrike

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  • Nine officers were killed in Afghanistan after being mistaken for Taliban militants
  • Airstrike took place in the Anar Derah district in Farah province
  • Aerial assault was conducted by U.S. soldiers, Afghan army
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A misunderstanding between local police and coalition forces led to an airstrike in southwestern Afghanistan on Sunday that left nine police officers dead, a defense ministry official said.

The nine officers were mistaken for Taliban militants by coalition forces, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi.

The aerial attack took place in the Anar Derah district in Farah province. It was conducted by U.S. soldiers and troops from the Afghan army, Azimi said. He did not have any further information about the attack.

Last week, an airstrike by the U.S-led coalition in the province struck and killed eight civilians. The airstrike was launched after a coalition convoy was attacked.

In an unrelated incident over the weekend, two mortar rounds fired by NATO-led troops killed four civilians and wounded four others in southeastern Afghanistan on Saturday night, the International Security Assistance Force said.

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The group said it received reports of three additional deaths from the attack but it had not confirmed it.

Troops fired the rounds in the Barmal district of Paktika province, but they fell less than a mile short of the intended target, the group said.

Afghanistan's southern provinces have been a major front in the fight between NATO-led troops and the Taliban.

CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report.

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