Afghan attacks kill six NATO troops in two days
Six foreign soldiers have been killed fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in the past two days.
Kabul: Six foreign soldiers have been killed fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in the past two days, according to NATO.
NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said three soldiers were killed today and three yesterday, in insurgents attacks and by ubiquitous roadside bombs.
The nationalities of the soldiers were not revealed, according to policy.
The deaths bring to 622 the number of foreign soldiers to die in the Afghan war so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on that kept by the icasualties.org website.
ISAF said that two of the Friday deaths were the result of attacks in the south, where the insurgency is concentrated. The other soldier died in eastern Afghanistan in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack.
IEDs are the weapon of choice for the Taliban and other insurgents fighting the international and Afghan military in their effort to overthrow the Western-backed Kabul government.
They cause most of the deaths of foreign soldiers, and devastating injuries to those who survive.
The bombs are becoming increasingly difficult to detect as the Taliban hones its tactics to dodge the mine-sweeping capabilities of the alliance.
In violence elsewhere in the war-blighted country, a suicide bomber killed five people in a crowded bazaar in a remote northern town today, police said.
The bomber was on foot and detonated explosives strapped to his body near the leader of a local council, Rahmatullah Turkistani, killing five civilians and injuring the official, a police commander told AFP.
Another 21 people were hurt in the blast in Khwaja Sabzposh district in northern Faryab province, provincial police chief Abdul Khalil Andarabi said.
The apparent target was Turkistani, chairman of the Faryab provincial council, he said.