A US air strike killed at least 10 Monday at an army checkpoint in a Taliban-infested province south of Kabul, officials said, the latest “friendly fire” incident involving foreign coalition forces.

The bombing in Baraki Barak district of Logar province comes after a similar NATO air strike in the area in December killed five civilians and wounded six others.

“At 6:00 am (0130 GMT) today, two US helicopters attacked a checkpoint in Baraki Barak,” district governor Mohammad Rahim Amin said.

“The checkpoint caught fire… and 10 Afghan army soldiers were killed,” he added, revising down his earlier toll of 14.

An American military official said he was “aware of an incident involving US forces in Logar province this morning”.

“This incident is under investigation,” he added.

Logar’s deputy police chief, Mohammad Wara, confirmed the strike and said 10 were killed and four others were wounded.

Civilian and military deaths in coalition air strikes have been one of the most emotive and high-profile issues of the 13-year Afghan war, often provoking fury from the government.

Amin said the targeted outpost was “not a suspicious area”.

“The Afghan flag was waving at the checkpoint in Baraki Barak when the Americans launched their attack,” he said.

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