GARDEZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s NATO-led foreign force mistakenly killed three civilians in an air strike, Afghan officials said on Saturday, less than a week before most foreign troops are due to pull out at the end of a 13-year mission.
The mistaken killing of civilians in air strikes has been a source of anger throughout the force’s mission, frequently straining ties between the NATO force and the government.
The latest incident took place in Logar province just south of the capital, Kabul, on Friday, and it involved nomads who had clashed in a dispute over land, provincial officials said.
Authorities in the area were negotiating a ceasefire but NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) apparently mistook the nomads for insurgents preparing an attack, officials said.
“ISAF launched an air strike which killed three people and wounded two,” said Logar police chief Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai.