Afghanistan friendly fire incident kills 2 police

By the Associated Press | November 19, 2011 | 2:55 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and NATO authorities say two Afghan policemen have died in a friendly fire incident outside the city of Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan.

Ghazni provincial governor Musa Akbar Zada says two other policemen were wounded in the incident at a checkpoint Friday.

He says NATO forces were conducting an operation that was not coordinated with Afghan forces. He says that when the coalition forces ignored Afghan police orders to stop, shots were fired and the policemen were in killed in a gunbattle.

The U.S.-led military coalition says a joint Afghan and NATO force called for air support and tried several times to identify themselves as friendly forces.

When they were unable to stop the threat, they engaged in self-defense, killing the two.