Sunday 20 August 2017

Bomb in Afghanistan kills five US soldiers

Michelle Nichols in Kabul

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.

Irish Independent

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