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Here we go again........:US helicopters Kill Police In 'Blunder'
Updated: 13:11, Friday February 09, 2007
American helicopters have mistakenly launched a deadly attack on Kurdish positions in Northern Iraq, reports have said.
At least five police officers were killed.
American officials said the helicopter crews believed they had been targeting Al Qaeda guerrillas.
The US military said the attack was launched after soldiers identified armed men in a bunker near a building which they thought was being used for bomb-making.
The troops called for the men to put down their weapons in Arabic and Kurdish and fired warning shots, a spokesman said.
Helicopters fired at the bunker, killing the five men and detaining nine others who were later identified as Kurdish officers.
Officials with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the party headed by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, said the helicopters had hit a guard post.
News of the blunder emerged three days after a controversial videotape was aired showing the "friendly fire" death of a British soldier during the Iraq War.
Cockpit footage from a US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II jet was obtained by The Sun and broadcast on its website.
The tape reveals how a catalogue of errors were responsible for the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull near Basra in March 2003.
The 25-year-old Blues & Royals soldier was killed when one of a pair of Thunderbolt IIs opened fire on his armoured convoy with a 30mm cannon.
The tape appears to show the pilots' forward air controller giving them inaccurate information regarding the location of friendly forces in the area.
When they spot the convoy, the A-10 pilots mistake the British vehicles for Russian-made Zils.