Ohio soldier among 5 killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

Justin Helton (facebook.com)
Justin Helton (facebook.com)

(FOX19) - Five American troops were mistakenly killed on Tuesday by a NATO air strike in Afghanistan, including a special ops soldier from Ohio.

Justin Helton from Waverly, Ohio was involved in the friendly fire incident, a family member confirmed to FOX19. The city of Waverly is in Pike County, about 90 miles east of Cincinnati.

The Americans with a special operations unit were reportedly ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. They were hit by a NATO air strike called into help them, U.S. defense officials said.

Helton has served with the United States Army since 2010 and specialized in handling explosives, according to his Facebook page.

The Department of Justice said in a statement that they are looking into the incident and that thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen.

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