'Friendly fire' kills NATO troops in Afghanistan

Five Nato service members have been killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, the international coalition says.

Nato troops killed in friendly fire incident 'are American'

The five soldiers killed earlier today in a 'friendly fire' incident are American, a US defence official has told Associated Press.

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BREAKING: Defense official says 5 NATO soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan attack are American.

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'Friendly fire' kills Nato troops in southern Afghanistan

The five Nato service personnel killed in southern Afghanistan were involved in an apparent 'friendly fire' incident, the international coalition has said.

"The casualties occurred during a security operation when their unit came into contact with enemy forces. Tragically, there is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved. The incident is under investigation." Nato said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said they were not British personnel. Most of the forces operating in the area are from the United States.

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Nato: Five service personnel killed in Afghanistan

Nato has said that five military personnel have been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Associated Press have reported.

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BREAKING: NATO says 5 service members have been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan.

There were no details as to the location of the incident or the nationality of those involved. It is coalition policy for home countries to identify their own military dead.