Bomb in Afghanistan kills five US soldiers
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
A roadside bomb killed five American troops in southern Afghanistan yesterday.
The attack comes less than a week after American forces suffered their worst single loss of the Afghan war when Taliban insurgents shot down a helicopter, killing 30 US troops, seven Afghan soldiers and one Afghan civilian interpreter.
The US military and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) did not give details regarding yesterday's incident. A Pentagon spokesman said the victims were Americans.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban government in late 2001.
On Wednesday night, Taliban insurgents also attacked a police checkpoint in southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan policemen, police chief Abdul Hakim Angar said.