U.S. Apaches mistakenly fire on Afghan soldiers; 4 injured
July 26, 2004
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A pair of U.S. AH-64 Apache gunships mistakenly fired on Afghanistan National Army soldiers, wounding four, early Sunday morning, according to Army officials.
The friendly-fire incident occurred just before dawn in the Taliban stronghold of Uzugun province.
“ANA and coalition soldiers were conducting cordon and search operations of surrounding villages in the area when they came under fire by [anti-coalition] forces on multiple compounds,” reads an Army statement.
All four soldiers are expected to recover.
The violence is just the latest in a string of incidents in southern Afghanistan in recent days.
A roadside bomb narrowly missed shredding a U.S. military-protected aid convoy in the same part of southern Afghanistan Thursday.
While no one was hurt in that incident, at least one U.S. soldier was wounded in an attack on Friday as a U.S. Army convoy passed through Kandahar.