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Predator drone attack may have killed US troops in Afghanistan

April 13, 2011 - Washington

The US military is investigating whether a missile fired by a US drone killed two American service members last week in Afghanistan.

The investigation is looking into the deaths of a Marine and a Navy medic killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator after they were mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week, claim two senior US defence officials.

Unmanned aircraft have proven to be powerful weapons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some drones are used for surveillance and some, such as the drone in this case, are armed and have been used to hunt and kill militants, Fox News reports.

Officials claim this was the first incident that they know of in which a drone may have been involved in a friendly fire incident in which US troops were killed, and that investigations were on to determine what had happened.


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