U.S. friendly fire kills 7 soldiers

In one of the deadliest episodes of friendly fire in Afghanistan in recent years, U.S. helicopters opened fire on an outpost belonging to the Afghan army in the eastern province of Logar on Monday, killing at least seven Afghan soldiers and wounding five, officials said.

This was the second time in less than two years that U.S. forces had mistakenly targeted Afghan soldiers in Logar. A similar case in March last year left five dead.

In a further twist, after the strikes, Taliban fighters on about 25 motorcycles mounted an offensive to take over the destroyed outpost, but they were repelled by members of the Afghan Local Police following two hours of heavy fighting, said Sabir Khan, the commander of the police unit.

The U.S. military headquarters acknowledged the casualties and expressed "deep regret."

New York Times