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A girl stands next to her family on a hill overlooking part of Kabul, October 20, 2008 (REUTERS)

A girl stands next to her family on a hill overlooking part of Kabul, October 20, 2008 (REUTERS)

KHOST, Afghanistan, (Reuters) – Foreign troops have killed eight Afghan soldiers in a mistaken air strike during an operation in the southeastern province of Khost, an official said on Wednesday.

The overnight incident happened after helicopter gunships pounded an Afghan army post on a road in Dowa Manda district of the province, a Taliban stronghold, district chief Lutfullah Babakarkheil said.

“Last night, foreign forces killed eight soldiers and wounded four more in an aerial attack,” he told reporters.

Both NATO and U.S.-led troops operate in Khost and have yet to comment about the report.

The report comes amid increasing violence this year in Afghanistan where hundreds of civilians and some Afghan forces have been killed by foreign forces hunting the al Qaeda-backed militants.

A damaged Afghan forces vehicle is transported after it was hit by a suicide bomber, in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2008 (AP)

A damaged Afghan forces vehicle is transported after it was hit by a suicide bomber, in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2008 (AP)

An Afghan boy, seen with a clock to sell, as he waits for customers in the city of Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2008 (AP)

An Afghan boy, seen with a clock to sell, as he waits for customers in the city of Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2008 (AP)