World Bulletin/News Desk
Five Afghan soldiers were killed on Thursday in an air strike by the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's eastern province of Logar, Afghan officials and the coalition said.
Coalition airstrikes on friendly targets have helped widen a rift between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the United States, cementing his resolve not to sign a bilateral security deal to let U.S. troops remain in the country after 2014.
"We condemn the attack on the Afghan National Army in Logar," said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Karzai. "The president has ordered an investigation."
The airstrike, at around 3.30 a.m., seriously wounded at least eight other soldiers, said district governor Khalilullah Kamal.
"Right now a discussion in the province is going on between Afghan officials and foreign forces to find out the reason for this attack," he said, describing the attack as having targeted a new outpost of the Afghan army.
A total of 17 people had been injured, his office said.
Coalition forces said the bombing was an accident.
"Dead bodies and wounded personnel have been transferred to Kabul," the ministry of defence said in a statement, adding that a delegation had been sent to investigate.
An Afghan military official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the airstrike was conducted on a base that was previously used by foreign forces and was handed over to Afghan forces.
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