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LONDON: American officers gave the wrong coordinates to their Pakistani counterparts as they sought clearance for the air strike that killed 24 friendly troops last weekend, UK's The Telegraph reported.

The report said: "A senior Pakistani military officer told The Sunday Telegraph that a border co-ordination unit - established to avoid exactly this sort of tragedy - was given incorrect details of a suspected Taliban position".

"The strike had begun before we realised the target was a border post," he said. "The Americans say we gave them clearance but they gave us the wrong information."

The co-ordinates had been checked with a Pakistani officer to ensure there were no friendly troops in the area, the pilots believed, and the Apache attack helicopters and lone AC-130 gunship had been given the go-ahead to unload their deadly payload on the mountainside.

"But as dawn arrived it became clear that a terrible mistake had been made. Twenty-four Pakistani soldiers lay dead, their border posts were a smoking ruin and a crucial alliance had been poisoned." Sign up for FREEUpdates.