Four Norwegian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb hit a Norwegian convoy in Afghanistan, killing four soldiers.

Oslo: A roadside bomb hit a Norwegian convoy in Afghanistan and killed four soldiers, the military has announced, in the country`s deadliest single attack since it deployed to the Afghan conflict.

"Four soldiers were killed this afternoon," military spokeswoman Heidi Langvik Hansen said.

"They were in their armoured vehicle when a bomb exploded on the side of the road, in the province of Faryab, in the north of the country," she said.

There were no other victims, she said, without being able to give more details until the families of the dead had been notified.

The attack takes to nine the number of Norwegian soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan, which international forces invaded in late 2001 to remove the Taliban regime.

June has been the deadliest month for international troops under NATO command to fight the almost nine-year Islamist insurgency headed by the Taliban.

The deaths of the Norwegians take to 98 the number of soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan this month, according to a count.

Norway has about 500 soldiers in the country, most of them stationed in the capital Kabul or in the north.


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