Kabul: Two US soldiers, a French trooper and
five Afghans were killed in bomb blasts in Afghanistan on Wednesday,
as the UN reported the deadliest year yet for civilians in a
spiralling Taliban-led insurgency.
Also today, a suicide truck bomb rocked a southern Afghan
town, injuring several people, a day after seven people died
in violence at a protest against an alleged desecration of the
Koran by foreign forces, officials said.
The two US soldiers assigned to NATO`s International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a home-made
bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, the force said, without
giving the exact location.
"Two ISAF service members from the United States were
killed today as a result of an IED (improvised explosive
device) strike in eastern Afghanistan," the force said in a
Meanwhile a French soldier was killed in an explosives
attack on an armoured vehicle in the Mahmud Raqi region of
eastern Afghanistan, the French presidency said in a
statement. Two other French soldiers were wounded.
The deaths took to nearly 20 the number of foreign forces
killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year, according
to an agency tally based on that kept by the independent
Elsewhere, four Afghan military engineers and a civilian
were killed when a bomb device they were trying to defuse went
off in the eastern province of Khost, said Zahir Wardak, a
senior military official.