Friendly fire blamed in 5 soldiers' deaths
The family of Aaron Toppen have revealed that they were informed he had been killed in southern Zabul province, the Daily Mail of London reported.
“He couldn’t discuss what he was doing over there. He was looking forward to getting out of there,” his father, Norman Hurne, told the newspaper.
The men died when their unit, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), clashed with insurgents.
“ISAF troops were returning to their bases after an operation when they were ambushed by the insurgents. The air strike mistakenly hit their own forces and killed the soldiers.”
A spokesman for the Islamist Taliban, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said insurgents had been attacking the foreign forces when the helicopters intervened and accidentally killed their own troops.
On Dec. 17, six U.S. troops were killed after a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Zabul province.
Security is being ramped up in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday’s run-off vote to replace President Hamid Karzai.
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