Four foreign troops killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Roadside bombs killed four members of the international security force in Afghanistan today, including one American and a Hungarian who died in an ambush.

Kabul: Roadside bombs killed four
members of the international security force in Afghanistan
today, including one American and a Hungarian who died in an
ambush.

The attacks came in the north, south and east of
the war-torn country, the military alliance said. The
nationalities of the other troops killed were not known.

Hungary`s Defense Ministry said the soldier was
killed after his convoy was hit by a blast and then strafed by
gunfire from all sides. The attack occurred 20 kilometers
northwest of the town of Pul-e Khumri in the northern province
of Baghlan.

Three other soldiers were wounded and the convoy
managed to return to its base in the province, where Hungary
administers development projects, it said.

The deaths bring the number of foreign forces
killed in Afghanistan this month to 46, including 29
Americans, according to a count by The Associated Press.

They come amid a particularly bloody period for
international troops, with 66 Americans killed in July - the
deadliest month for the US in Afghanistan since the 2001
invasion that overthrew the hard-line Islamist Taliban
government.

Today`s casualties follow the deaths yesterday of
four US troops amid fierce fighting in eastern and southern
Afghanistan.

Combat has intensified around the country amid an
increase in the number of foreign forces battling the stubborn
Taliban insurgency to about 1,20,000, including more than
78,000 Americans.

Foreign troops are increasingly skirmishing in the
vast south and mountainous east, where insurgents have long
held sway. Militants also are attacking coalition forces in
parts of the north and west where they were not previously
active.

PTI

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