Afghan Policemen hit hard by US Airstrike

Afghan Policemen hit hard by US Airstrike

At least three Afghan policemen were killed and two wounded when an American military aircraft opened fire during an operation in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

The so-called "friendly fire" incident occurred overnight, during a raid in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province, the U.S. military command in Kabul said in a statement.

The officers, members of the Afghan Border Police, were killed when a U.S. aircraft "returned fire" during the operation, which included Afghan and American special forces, a military spokesman said.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the ABP members affected by this unfortunate incident," the statement said.