KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban says the police officers who killed four U.S. troops at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan on Sunday were not affiliated with its insurgency.
But Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi tells The Associated Press "'' they are Afghans and they know that Americans are our enemy."
One police officer was killed in the clash with NATO troops. Other officers at the site fled. It's unclear if they were involved in the attack or not.
Ahmadi says in an emailed statement to the AP that the police who fled have joined up with the insurgency.
Afghan officials say the checkpoint came under attack first from insurgents sometime around midnight and American forces came to help the Afghan police respond to the attack.
The officials say it's not clear if some of the Afghan police turned on the Americans in the middle of the battle, or were somehow forced into attacking the American troops by the insurgents.
Elsewhere, Afghan officials say NATO planes killed eight women and girls in a remote province who had gone out before dawn to gather firewood. The U.S.-led coalition has apologized.