KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – NATO troops opened fire on a police patrol in southern Afghanistan, apparently mistaking them for hostile forces, and killed five policemen, a senior police official said Friday.
Another six policemen were missing after the shooting late Thursday in the volatile Gereshk area of the southern province of Helmand, provincial deputy police chief General Isau Khan told AFP.Â
They had been travelling in a vehicle that was not a conventional police type, he said.Â
Khan was unable to say what had prompted the soldiers to open fire, adding that â€˜the incident is being investigated.â€™Â
The media office of NATOâ€™s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) could not confirm the incident.Â
However, a military official in southern Afghanistan said on condition of anonymity that there had been an incident between NATO forces and the police overnight which was believed to have caused police casualties.Â