NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan blast

Four US service personnel killed in roadside bombing in Helmand province, officials say.

    A roadside bomb struck a US convoy and killed four American troops in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, while a motorcycle bomb in a crowded village market in a neighbouring province killed at least three people, officials said.

    The blast that hit the American convoy took place in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, said Colonel Thomas Collins, a NATO spokesman. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban movement, and one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan.

    Several service members were also wounded, although the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

    The attack follows a truck bombing a day earlier on a NATO outpost in Helmand province that killed three Georgian soldiers.

    So far this year, 58 international service troops have been killed in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press count. Of those, 44 are U.S. service members.

    Earlier Tuesday, a bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle ripped through a packed market in the village of Safar in Helmand, according to Omer Zawak, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Three people were killed and seven were wounded in the blast, he said, warning that the toll could rise.

    Four children were among the wounded, two critically, police spokesman Shah Mahmood Hashna said.

    In the northern province of Kapisa, a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a US special operation forces convoy as it was returning to base after clearing land mines, according to NATO officials, who said there were no casualties in the attack.

    However, Qais Qadri, spokesman for the Kapisa governor, said one civilian was killed.

    SOURCE: Associated Press


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