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US troops kill 3 Afghan civilians, spokesman says

By PHILLIP WALTER WELLMAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 12, 2017

KABUL, Afghanistan — American troops opened fire after a roadside bomb hit their convoy in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Monday, killing three civilians, a spokesman for the provincial government claimed.

“After the explosion, the foreign forces started shooting and killed a man and his two sons,” Attaullah Khogyani said.

U.S. Forces-Afghanistan confirmed that a convoy of American and Afghan personnel had been struck by a bomb and small arms fire in the area before it returned fire in self defense.

However, a statement said it had not received any “official allegations” of civilian casualties, and that an investigation into the incident had been launched.

“We take civilian casualties very seriously and all allegations are thoroughly investigated,” the statement said.

The incident came just two days after three U.S. soldiers were killed in Nangarhar’s Achin district in an apparent insider attack.

American forces have been helping Afghan troops battle the Taliban and a local branch of the Islamic State group in Nangarhar.

Saturday’s deaths bring the total number of U.S. combat fatalities in Afghanistan in 2017 to six. All have occurred in the restive eastern province bordering on Pakistan.

Zubair Babakarkhail and Lauren King contributed to this report.

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Afghan soldiers patrol Logar Province, Afghanistan, in 2014. A U.S. Special Forces soldier died there Sunday, March 19, 2017, in a noncombat-related incident, a Pentagon statement said.
WILLIAM PARKER/U.S. NAVY PHOTO

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